Apr 21 2011

Week 2 Photo Assignment

Week two focused on composition. Look for lines and architectural props that frame your subject. Zoom in, then zoom in some more. Create visual triangles by how you pose your subject. Employ the rule of thirds in your work. Use props- anything can be a prop, even buttons on a shirt. Take photos from different angles: above, below, behind.

Zoom in



Visual Triangle




Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

Vary the Angle

Varied Angle

Props/ Vary the Angle


Use Props

Props/ Rule of Thirds

Props/ Vary the Angle

Apr 18 2011

Week 1 Photo Assignment

Week one was the study of light. How does natural light affect your subject? Certain times of day have different hues of light, the quality of light changes, and the shadows change.

We had to take photos of the same subject at different times of day. Here are some examples:

9 AM


12:45 PM


5 PM




I also took photos that illustrate front light, side light, and back light:

Front Light



Back Light



Side Light


Apr 17 2011

Adding a New Dimension

I have been digital scrapbooking for almost 2 years now. We have so many digital photos, that it is nice to do pages directly on the computer instead of printing or waiting for them to be developed. Our photos are decent, but I want to be able to have some great photos.

Although we have a great camera, I have barely scratched the surface of its potential. I have never learned basic composition, lighting, or other photo techniques.  I use the auto modes on the camera and have no idea how to use ISO settings, aperture, or white balance.

I found a basic 4 week photography class at Big Picture Classes with Elisha Snow that will introduce me to these concepts and hopefully improve my photography skills. We have a short assignment every week and are encouraged to take as many photos as possible to practice the concepts taught in class that week.