Low Light Shoot

Check out this link for additional tips:

Night photography cheat sheet

The bulb setting on your camera allows you to hold the shutter open for an extended amount of time

The bulb setting is used in low light situations (indoors without a flash or outside at night)

You do not use a flash when using the bulb setting

Set your camera to bulb by turning the shutter dial to the B setting

Set your camera to a high f-stop for a full depth of field (ex. f22)


Use color film (or DSLR)

Photograph a series of photos in each of the following bulb categories discussed in class:

Moving object or light– In this category you must include a still object as well as the moving object(s)

Still object in low light situation

Painting with light

Planning/Preparation HW:

-Brainstorm a minimum of 3 ideas for each category.  Be as specific as possible. Consider a range of unique light sources and interesting locations. LIST F-STOP FOR EACH.  Also brainstorm a list of 5-10 unique light sources.

Download free long exposure apps, such as LongExpo or Camera FV-5 Lite to use your phone to experiment with low light shoots.

-Research Youtube videos for how to shoot in low light

-Download and print 2 bulb images of interest from a stock photography site. Label each with the name of the site you found it on.







Two upcoming contest opportunities

Millstreet Loft : http://millstreetloft.org/product/exposure/
Deadline Feb 10

A full tuition scholarship to the Summer Art Intensive of Mill Street Loft, one $1500 scholarship to Maryland Institute College of Art’s Summer Pre-college program, a number of cash awards and other prizes will be awarded.



NYSMATA Exemplary Awards: http://lowerhudsonregionnysmata.weebly.com/exemplary-awards.html ;

Deadline Feb 6

Self portrait final project

Link to Pintrest Famous Photographers Self Portrait Board

Shooting Notes Chart

Self Portrait Final Exam Project

Tri-X 400, 24 exposure

Minimum 3 types of self portraits

Remember: Strong Composition

Consider Self-timer, flash and other lighting

Required sketchbook brainstorming in all categories:

-in motion


-engaged in activity

-full body

-head shot

-using a mirror (or other reflective surface)

-body parts




Student Samples

Hockney Character Portrait

David Hockney  ” Joiner” Photographs (documentary video link)

He was originally a painter in the 60’s

However, in the 80’s he switched to taking picture, because he felt like making painting was not telling the whole story

Pablo Picasso a painter in the 20th century, he style was cubism. Like Picasso Hockney takes multiple photographs of  one subject with a lot of small areas and joins them together .

Assignment: Take character portraits. This is about rethinking about what you know about taking portraits. This is about deconstruction.

When approaching the assignment you can take it as a joiner photograph or the “grid” / “Polaroid” photograph


  • Shoots with color film
  • Uses every frame
  • Shot in color
  • Portraits, still-life and landscapes

Photo Class  students:

  • Digital or color film
  • 24 frames
  • Shooting in color
  • Allowed to take pictures inside BUT with caution due to flash
  • Only allowed to work with portraits


  • 24 exposure in color
  • Consider using props, location
  • Must have an exaggerated and large focal point (eye level and zoom)
  • The photographer must connect with the object
  • Irony is an awesome photographic tool
  • Direct your shoot

Hockney Inspired Photography project Handout

Hockney Brainstorming worksheet

Click here for hockney samples

Close Up filters

Marco Photography- Close Up

Filters are an alternative to a macro lens

You can get as close as 3″-6″

(You can experiment on digital cameras using the macro feature designated with a tulip symbol)

Filters sets are usually +1, +2, +4, Macro

The bigger the number, the greater the magnification and the closer you can get to the subject.

REMEMBER: you must attain focus (it will be difficult), But, not everything may be in focus