Category: Exercises

Exercises for the course

Exercise; Outdoors at night

This exercise entailed taking a number of photos outdoors at night. Below are my night-time images. What have I learned from this exercise? I learnt better control over the ISO setting on my camera. Again this was something that I used to just leave to the camera, but now I think more about how to …

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Exercise; Tungsten and fluorescent lighting

This exercise is in two parts, looking at interior lighting. For the first part I took the photos in a room with an incandescent lamp lighting the scene, but where the garden outside could also be seen. I waited until the light levels indoors and outdoors were about level and then took three photos; in …

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Exercise; Cloudy weather and rain

There are three parts to this exercise. The first part is to take photos of the same subject in direct sunlight and under cloudy conditions. In each of the pairs below the photo taken in sunny conditions comes first.   The first image was f6.3 at 1/125 sec whereas the second image was f5.3 at …

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Exercise; Variety with a low sun

In this exercise the photos were taken when the sun was lower in the sky. Frontal lighting In this case the sun was behind me as I took the photograph of Wymondham Abbey so that the tower is in direct sunlight. The trees behind me are just casting their shadows at the base of the …

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Exercise; Light through the day

This exercise required a sunny day to complete. 2012 was not the best year to find a sunny day, particularly at the time I was trying to complete this exercise. Whenever we did have a completely sunny day, invariably I was unable to spend the whole day taking photos. The photos that follow are the …

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Exercise; Judging Colour Temperature 2

This is a continuation of the previous exercise, but adjusting the white balance setting for each photo. The three sets of photographs were taken in midday sunlight, midday shade and evening sunlight. Each set of photographs below is shown in the following order of settings for white balance Sunlight Shade Auto The first photos were …

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Exercise; Judging colour temperature 1

  For this exercise I took three photographs. One was in direct sunlight in the middle of the day, the second was in shade in the middle of the day whilst the third was taken in late evening sunlight. The camera’s White Balance was set to daylight for all three shots.   The differences in …

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Exercise;Higher and lower sensitivity

For this exercise I took photos of scenes at both normal and high sensitivity settings on the camera and compared the results.           In each of the photos quite a difference can be seen when the images are blown up, this is particularly the case in the darker areas of the …

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Exercise; Measuring exposure

The first exercise requires 4 to 6 images that are deliberately lighter or darker than average.   In this image I deliberately overexposed the image to get the effect that I wanted. I was taking a photograph of a laburnum tree, using a long exposure I moved the camera in an upward direction as I …

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Exercise; Colour into tones in black and white

This is an exercise to help understand colour and how in black and white imagery it gives powerful tonal control allowing emphasis on some objects in a scene while suppressing others. First of all I took a colour photo of a still life scene containing the four colours red, blue, yellow and green. Then, using …

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