Assignment please.

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  1. JayJay65

    JayJay65 TPF Noob!

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    Can someone give me a little exercise to do to practice photography that i can take pictures of in my front/back yard..

    Ex: Take pictures of flowers to try and make ____ effect..

    That teaches me something that is useful.. I dont care if it wont look like a nice picture.. I just want to learn, and I was wondering if there is any little "assignment" you guys can give me and make up to help..

    THANKS!
    -Jess :)
     
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    go out, take 50 pictures (or however many you want) and use only one aperture (of your choice) and one focal length for all of them
     
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    Wait, call me stupid, but i looked up aperature on wikipedia, and i dont understand it..

    Can you adjust the setting on an Olympus FE-190 digital camera??
     
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    I don't believe the FE-190 has manual controls that would do that - so you could not control aperture, shutter speed, etc.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Take 1 good picture a day every day of the year. If you get home late at night and realised you haven't done one yet, then try and find something in your house to photograph.

    Try and make the ordinary look interesting in the process.
     
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    Wow, amazing advice.. I like it!
     
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    I was going to say practice depth of field, but since you can't control anything....
     
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    Flip that around will give you another excellent assignment. Same/similar composition of the same subject(s) at different apertures and focal lengths. Helps you discover how DOF can tell the story differently. Helps you discover how compression and expansion is leveraged at different focal lengths.


    oh.. just read that your camera has limited control over aperture/shutter... well.. keep this assignment in mind for the future.
     
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    anything else? common, there must be more
     
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    Some typical Photography 101 assignments:

    1) Shallow depth of field/only subject in focus: use a large aperture (small f/#).

    2) Deep DOF/everything in focus: use a small aperture (large f/#).

    3) Freeze motion: use a high shutter speed on a moving subject. Avoid subjects that look similar moving as when standing still. For instance "freezing" a car will tend to make it look like a parked car. Think Michael Jordan frozen in flight on the way to the hoop.

    4) Render motion: use a slow shutter speed on a moving subject. A variation is to pan the camera with a moving subject blurring the background.

    5) Three times of day: compose the exact same photo at three (or more) different times of the day, in different weather conditions, etc...
     
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    Here's one thats a TON of fun.

    Take a 5-foot long piece of string. Tie it to a stuffed animal or rubber ducky or something. THROW it somewhere. Now, wherever it lands, take 6 pictures at different angles within the distance of the string.

    My photo teacher calls it the Photo Olympics. It is such a fun game, lol.
     
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    In the part i put orange.. what do you mean by that?
     

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