Task 1: Depth of field, Selective focus (AC(2.1, 2.2)

Learning Outcomes – 1,2,3

Present a series of 3 images in response to the titles using Depth of field and/or selective focus. Techniques to consider:

Working with the aperture to create the required depth of field.

Working with manual focus in order to create the required focusing point.

Record all the research development in your workbook/blog.

These shots were taken in Cambridge with the idea of getting wonderful portrait shots of Tamara. These were taken in the morning which makes the lighting ideal for the occasion.

The second shot of Tamara really shows that focusing solely on her creates an incredible depth of field. You’ll still notice that there is an interesting background, but it makes the subject stand out when she is in focus

All of these images were taken using my Nikon D500 with a Sigma 30mm lens using an aperture of f/1.4 or f/1.6.

Task 2 Shutter Speed AC (2:1, 2:2)

Present a series of 3 images in response in the title using slow or fast shutter speed techniques. Techniques to consider:

Multiple exposers


Painting in light

Record all the research development in your workbook/blog

The first two of these shots were taken on Albert Bridge with different amounts of exposure. In the first shot, I was standing close to the bridge so didn’t need as much exposure for lighting. Not having a filter meant the time I had to capture light was quite high. You’ll be able to see here how different levels of exposure alter the view of the bridge from how it would normally appear to someone looking at it at night.

The third image was taken when standing next to the Hammersmith Bridge.

I was using both f/14 and f/16 for these with either 13 or 15 seconds with long exposure to ensure I captured the cars crossing the bridge. All of these were on my K&F Concept Tripod to ensure the camera stayed still for that amount of time.

The first shot of Albert bridge was F/16 with a shutter speed of 15 seconds and a focal length of 16mm. Shot two of the bridge was also F/16 shutter speed of 13 seconds and a focal length 27mm,.The view of Hammersmith bridge I used F/4 because of the light quality at this time of the evening, for 13 seconds and focal length of 56mm.

Each of the first two shots of Albert Bridge was taken at about 9pm to ensure the sun had set so I could take some wonderful evening long exposure shots. The Hammersmith Bridge image was taken earlier. This meant that much more lighting can be seen. If I did revisit the bridge again, I’d either delay shooting until later or use a filter to darken the shots, as I feel that the images of Albert Bridge appear much more striking.

Task 3 Final Take AC(3.1, 3.2)

Present a series of 5 images in response to the title using photographic techniques chosen by you. You can use any of the techniques you are familiar with. You can research and apply in and off camera manipulation. Record all the research and development in your workbook/blog.

All of these shots were taken in locations within London with its variety of different architecture which I find makes the city interesting to photograph. I have researched sites and taken photos spontaneously in London and both can have surprisingly good results

Each was shot using my D500 with either a Sigma 30mm, Nikon 16-80mm or Nikon 50mm lenses. I changed the aperture and shutter speed on each of these to show that I’ve learnt these techniques through the classes that I’ve attended over the last few months. I have also used Photoshop and Lightroom to edit these afterwards.

The shot of St Pauls at night was using my K&F Concept Tripod to ensure stability during a long exposure which smoothed the boats going along the Thames, producing some nice lines through the shot and also capturing the light reflections at their best.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel under the Thames is a very well used path which took a long time to get a clear shot. I wished for an image without the use of Photoshop to remove people in front of me. I feel it is nice and central and makes a pleasing shot with the architecture and lighting.

Shot three is the opposite to Greenwich tunnel shot as I used Adobe Photoshop to remove people who were within Crossrail Bridge.

Shot four is graffiti of Charlie Brown found in Crowthorne Road, White City. The drawing I liked but the colours were faded. With the use of Adobe Photoshop, I enhanced the colours once I had researched the correct ones for this character. Now he looks fresh and new.

Shot five is where I used a sphere to take St Pauls’s Catherderal. As it was such a dull day I stepped back to include some of the light within the buildings. I like the way the image is inverted and clear. This is a technique that I hope to explore more in the future.


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