Low Light Shoot

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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.







Flash Photography

Flash Photography

  • Flash is used in low light situatios ( low light- below f8 AND shutter speed 60, night-time, indoors, fill-flash situations)
  • Your flash will be good at illumimatimg at  4 to 10 feet
  • You don’t want to be to close to your subject matter when your using flash
  • Your flash is a,very strong light source cuasing cast shadows (move people away from the wall)
  • Another name for a flash- “oncamera strobe”

How a Flash Works:

  • The flash is over-riding the the shutter speeed, your syncing your flash to the camera body, don’r have to read your light meter
  • You should have your F-stop, set at F-22 when shooting (letting the least amount of light into camera)
  • Keep your flash at  a 45 degree angle (pointing up a little bit)























Self Timer

Self Timer

– universal photographic symbol: circle with line starting from the middle of the circle and coming out of the circle

– when you put on self timer it beeps or shines a light (slowly then faster as it gets closer) for 10 seconds(you have this much time to get into your location)

– think about facial expression. gesture, eyes

*make sure camera is on a stable surface to act as a tripod* (bag of rice!)

*look for visual cue’s before taking the picture*

Use a prop to focus on as a stand in for you

CHSN Shoot

Still Life

( altering f stop to acquire enough light)

Take 1-2 shots of the three still life set-ups: white still life, black still life, mixed white and black still life


-pre-set your camera to f16 and shutter speed of 125

-stand no more than 3 feet from your subject.

-fill the viewfinder with the subject. Consider composition, alter your vantage point



-adjust your f-stop to get a “middle” reading

-document the subject and the setting on your chart

take the picture

Repeat for all 3 still life set-ups


(altering f-stop to change the depth of field)

Working with another student in the class, set your model about 4 feet in front of a background (ex: brick wall, leaves, etc).

Take 3 headshot portraits at 3 different f-stops: f22, f8, f4


–  As you alter the f-stop you will also need to change the shutter speed to compensate for the change in light.

–  Determine how close you should stand to your subject by checking your composition to make sure that you see the subjects head and shoulders, as well as the background.

–  Your subject does not need to be in the center

–  Consider not only facial expression, but the position of the head and the direction of the gaze.


Take 2 frames of a composition that has objects in the foreground, middleground and background

Get on eye level with the object in the foreground

Take the 1st frame at a high depth of field; take the 2nd frame at a low depth of field


Shoot the rest of your film keeping the following concepts in mind.  You will hand in your best 3.

-Composition (vantage point,not centered,  rule of 3rds, golden triangle, golden regtangle)

-Principles and elements (line, shape, texture, value, emphasis, balance, scale/proportion, rhythm/repeatition/movement/pattern, contrast)

-Correct exposure

Brainstorming a shoot: real life example

ANTM-Season 18, Episode 3- The women have to create an ad campaign, which includes casting, wardrobe, providing props and hair and make-up….sound familiar?!

The relevant footage begins at around minute 12 and runs for about 25 minutes.  Click here to access the episode and answer the following questions:

3 examples of direction given to the model from the photographer and assistant

2 descriptions of photo studio equipment used in the shoot that I have not shown you

1 insight or idea gained that may help you with your studio shoot

Final exam project: Self Portrait

Ok so if your like me and are completely lost this should help….

For this shoot everyone is to use Film!!!! not a digital camera.

For this project you are handing in:

-3 photographs -> each one using a different portrait approach

***Half of your film should be shot with flash and the other should be natural light.***

Portrait approach choices:

– Enviormental self portriat-> In an enviorment that describes something about you.

– Yourself engaed in an activity-> dance positions, throwing a ball..etc.

-Head shot ->making faces, profile shot, different angles.

-Body part-> hands, feet, legs, different positions ,anything that is symbloic and gives a meaning.

-Something symbolic-> a group of items put together that describes something about you.

-With people that define you->family, friends but don’t fall into the trap of making it look like a snapshot

-Also while shooting think about…..

-Facial expressions

-Direction of eyes

-Gestures-> for emotional change

– Direction of camera-> birds eye, worms eye..etc.

Ok so hopfully this helps everyone….Good luck 🙂

Hockney Project

By Friday take 24 pictures on your digital camera. You must use all 24 pictures. Do not take more than 24 pictures. Try 3 different versions and pick the best.

By Friday you should have 72 pictures. We will be printing up contact sheet samples of the pictures.

Your choices of subjects to photograph are:

1. Portrait of a person. Hockney inspired portrait

Hockney Inspired Portrait 2

2. Portrait of 2 people interacting. (Don’t let the environment be larger that the person. Focus on the person.)Hockney inspired 2 people engaged in an activity

Stand in one place when you take the picture. You can change the direction or angle of the camera. You can pull in or zoom out to get some of the environment. You can use your close up/macro setting for some if you’d like.

By Tuesday 12/16 develop the pictures (outside of school) that you want to use.

Mosaic Scenes

This is a second choice you can choose for the photo mosaic project.

In this project it is not required to have a focal point taken by a camera. You will take pictures using pattern and colors to create your focal point in the scence that you had come up with.

Steps to create this project:

  • Think up a scene/idea
  • Take photos to build the scene using pattern and color
  • Take around 10 pictures for your scene


Good Luck Laughing

the next person I chose to scribe is Alexis Goldwasser

Digital Mosaic Project

For this project you will be using a digital camera!!

You will take a photo to be your focal point (Take more than one just so you have more then one to work with)

After taking your focal point picture you should take a bunch of photos which include pattern and color (This is when taking a salad photo is good) (Take a lot of different textures and shapes because some may work and some may not work.

With these photos you will develop a photo mosaic with a focal point. The salad pictures will direct the photo towards the focal point. You can use color paper in the project and another variation to the project is making a mosaic landscape like the example of the wolf in the city.


Think of different patterns and shapes and be creative!!!

When you are done taking photos do not print them out at home…bring your camera to school and you will print them in class. Almost all the wires are in class but if you have a dock then bring that in.Cool

I choose Sam B. as the next Scribe