COM 364 ASSIGNMENT: Shutter Speed, Depth-of-Field and ISO – Part I

Fast shutter:

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Morning traffic moves along Interstate-5 in Seattle, Wash, on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (ISO 320, f/2.8, shutter 1/640.)

Slow shutter:

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Morning traffic moves along Interstate-5 in Seattle, Wash, on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (ISO 320, f/22, shutter 1/8.)

Shallow depth-of-field:

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Allan Gilmore, 21, waits for his Americano at Bulldog News before he heads to class in Seattle, Wash, on the morning of Oct. 4, 2017. (ISO 800, f/1.8, shutter 1/2000.)

Deep depth-of-field:

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Allan Gilmore, 21, waits for his Americano at Bulldog News before he heads to class in Seattle, Wash, on the morning of Oct. 4, 2017. (ISO 800, f/4.0, shutter 1/160.)

Reflection:

I have noticed that I tend to underexpose my photographs. While this can usually be corrected in Lightroom, it leaves most of my photographs with very intense contrasts and odd lighting tones that can’t be easily corrected. Additionally, I think I need to work on calming my nerves while taking photographs of strangers; after having just asked permission to take their photograph, I tend to rush the process of getting the shot out of the desire not to take too much of their time. As a result, I end up framing a shot poorly, underexposing photos, or not finetuning my focus point, and generally not getting the desired results. It was also tricky finding good lighting for the “slow shutter” photo portion of the assignment. Given that the blur effect requires taking a  picture with a really low shutter speed, a low light environment is required to not overexpose the photo and wash out the image with excessive light. I originally for shaded areas and subjects to shoot on Monday’s sunny afternoon, and then opted to shoot in the early morning on Wednesday before the sun had fully risen. Additionally, if I could do the assignment over again, I would have tried to illustrate the ‘slow and fast shutter’ and ‘deep and shallow depth of field’ differences with photographs of four different subjects.

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