One of the first decisions a photographer makes before he takes a photograph is what exposure to use. There is no wrong answer as long as the photo is not over or underexposed. You can select a small aperture to keep everything in focus in the frame from front to back or shoot wide open with the large aperture for a selective focus photograph. Maybe you want to show movement by using a slow shutter speed or freeze the action with a fast one. It is all up to how you want to create the photo.
For Assignment 7, I am looking for photographs where you use a creative exposure and explain why you decided on the exposure settings used. Here’s an article I highly recommend you read: Finding the Right Creative Exposure (if you click on the link you’ll see why I do. :)). It will give you some more ideas about what a creative exposure is.
Those of you with Point & Shoot type of cameras, this would be a good time to review the different Scene selections which give creative exposures like Landscape, Sports, Night, Fireworks and others.
As in the other assignments, do not send me your photos. What I would like you to do is post them on your blog, flickr or other photo sharing site, personal website or any other place on the Internet where you can place a link to it here by making a comment to this blog entry. Then we can visit those sites and learn about making Creative Exposure photographs.
Please, have your photos posted on or before Midnight (your time), Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Don’t have a place to post? Might be a good time to start up a blog or join a photo community like flickr. As I have done for all the Assignments, I’ll put together a recap with my comments.
If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer them. By the way, I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word about this assignment so we can get lots of people to participate. Thank you!
For my May photography book, I am re-reading one of the best all time books on photography. Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure which explains the exposure triangle of Aperture-Shutter Speed-ISO and how to correctly expose for many types of situations a photographer may encounter. Throughout the book there are references to using exposure creativitly and makes a very good companion to this month’s assignment on Creative Exposure. I do suggest if you read this book, to have your camera and its manual next to you. It helped me tremendously as I would read a technique, set my camera for the same technique and take a few sample photos to help me understand it. This is a book I re-read once a year to remind myself of the basics of photography. Without a good understanding of the basics, many new photographers will become frustrated. I would not want that to happen to any of you!