Light meter is a tool in your camera that tells you if you have enough light to take a picture
We use a reflected light-meter : reads light reflected off subject
Symbols: green dot=correct
red + = over-exposed (too much light)
red – = under-exposed (not enough light)
You are always aiming for “the middle.” If your light meter is reading + or – you need to adjust the fstop and/or shutter speed to get a correct exposure.
Just because you have a correct exposure, DOES NOT mean it will be a “good” picture.
The light meter will change it’s reading based on:
-the value of the subject of your photo
To activate your light meter:
-put batteries in the camera
-turn the camera on
-look through the view finder
-focus on the subject
-depress the shutter release button half way to see the light meter scale
“pinhole camera” or camera obscura;
developed by Aristotle;
black box with tiny hole
temporary capturing of an image before invention of photographic paper
*****smaller pinhole, better the detail (need longer exposure time because less light)
-REVOLUTIONARY MOMENT: when mirrors and lenses went into pinhole camera
-mirrors not developed until Scientific Revolution
First picture recorded:
Silver Gelatin (film print) black and white print by Niepce, 1824
The First Photograph
-photographers/scientists created an emulsion (chemical surface that’s light sensitive) that they would put on a silver plate and expose . . . (did not know how to stop developing from happening)
. . . finally figured it out in 1839; Daguerre discovered chemicals needed to stop developing process and fix; prints called
“daguerrotypes”-one of a kind images done on a silver plate
-1st negative-glass negative called
Callodine Wet-Plate Process
1850’s-when photography was
not for the masses negative was the negative
and photograph had to develop immediately; could not store emulsion
process used in the Civil War
-Photography can have a bias. Based on how a photographer chooses to take their picture, they are impacting the viewer.
-invention of the “
George Eastman invented film; where emulsion could be stored and dried; did not have to develop immediately
$25, 100 frames
person would send camera back, Eastman-Kodak cameras would develop film and send it back
HUGE IMPACT: photography now for the masses; artists now use photography as a use of art; more impressionism in painting
Today we discussed how moving the focal point out of the center of the composition can lead to the creation of more interesting photographs. Three compositional devices discussed were:
Rule of Thirds (dividing the total composition into 3rds and aligning focal point on these imaginary line)
Golden Triangle (aligning focal points on diagonal lines)
Golden Ratio (based on the Fibonacci Sequence)
(Note: Golden Spiral refers to Golden Ratio composition)
What makes a photo interesting to look at? What makes us want to keep looking at it?
In class today we will look at the photos we took on the 1st day, and have a group critique using the guiding questions below:
1. What drew you to the photo? Consider: subject, composition and/or story
2. What elements of art (ex. line, texture. value, space) and principles of design (repetition, balance, emphasis, proportion/scale, contrast) are most important in the selected photo? Why?
3. Where is the photographer relative to the subject? Why is that important?
Create a personalized portfolio website to highlight your best work from this year.
This project will count as 20% of your course grade, so give it the time and effort it deserves!
Your final website portfolio will be graded not only on the quality of the works included, but the overall site design.
Note: if you have a website from previous years or course, please feel free to continue working on this one. Just consider taking some time to update it and eliminate works you may no longer feel best represent you as an artist.
If you have to make a website for two courses this year, you can combine them. Just be sure to touch base with all teachers involved, and be sure to include all of the required elements from all courses.
Deadline checkpoints that will count as a homework grade:
4/20 – Website URL (Consider wix.com, weebly.com, portfoliobox.com, squarespace.com)
– All work photographed and saved to google drive photo folder
Autobiographical Image Your Name
Artist Statement/About Page
What viewers can expect when looking at the site Link to influences
2 works from 1 st semester
1 Contact sheet
3 works from 2 nd Semester
1 Sketchbook Page
No evidence of template images or text
Cohesive and non-distracting Overall Design
Ease/Clarity of Site Navigation
List additional elements here:
Today we began watching (first 20 minutes) a documentary on Richard Avedon called Darkness and Light. As you watch the video, REALLY LOOK at his photographs!
If you were absent, you can
click here to watch the video at home, and take notes on the following 3,2,1:
3 – Examples of unpredictable shoots
2- Observations of how Avedon communicates with/inspires his models
1-observation about equipment used in shoots
Create file in google docs and name in your name and 1
st semester reflections, save it to your photography folder
Paper Heading: Name, Course Name, paper title
Insert the photo of your 1
st semester portfolio at the top of the paper.
Begin with an introduction that is a few sentences. This should be an overview statement.
-As a student in photography…
-When I signed up for photo…
General statement about 1
st semester portfolio (notice recurring themes, styles, compositions, etc.) Don’t write this sentence if it doesn’t apply!
What are you most proud of? Why?
Explain, don’t list!
Refer to critique comments where relevant
Areas to work on; what is your action plan? How will you work on items mentioned?
refer to critique comments where relevant
Areas of interest to explore during second semester or thoughts about moving into AP 2D