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What is Photography

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mandy schwartz

on 17 March 2014

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What is it?
Photography
greek words meaning literally "drawing with light"
"Photo"- "Graph"
"light"
"drawing"
Light is used to record a picture of an object or scene on light-sensitive material
on film
or a digital sensor
SLR Camera
point & shoot camera
Why use Photography??
can now record an image in a second, what would take artists days to paint or draw
RECORD
use your photographs to express an idea, show aspects of the world that others may not see
COMMUNICATE
Art
"A picture is worth 1000 words"
photography is an extension of the artists eye & mind
"Photography is about seeing something, knowing how you want it to look, and making it that way. Making it that way, with the camera, is the easy part but seeing it in the first place is what makes a photographer"
The way each person sees something is unique,
you will look at a tree and see it
in a different way than your neighbor does

Using a camera, you will photograph an image of that tree in a different way than someone
standing right beside you will photograph the same tree
THE CAMERA IS A TOOL
COMPOSITION
the way we organize all the different things we see when we look through the camera viewfinder
So how do I
use my Camera??
everyone go ahead & find these parts on your camera
LCD screen/viewfinder
when you look on the screen,
these guidelines will help you decide
the
composition
of your photograph
FRONT VIEW
BACK VIEW
flash
shutter button
on/off button
lens
this is the
frame
of your photograph--YOU DECIDE WHAT TO INCLUDE IN THIS FRAME AND WHAT NOT TO -this is called
Composition
DIFFERENT SITUATIONS CALL
FOR DIFFERENT SETTINGS
(ex: sports setting for basketball games, portrait setting for taking photos of people)
Composition Tips
try making a viewfinder frame right now--
WITHOUT USING A CAMERA AT ALL
pretend you are taking a picture right now
-frame an interesting image
-not too many things going on
get up close!
details of subject up close are more interesting than far away--use zoom but also physically move up closer
playback button
record memories of life
flash button
choose the flash (lighting bolt symbol)
when it's dark or indoors

-choose no flash when outside (sun is enough)

-choose auto if you want the camera to decide
Zoom Button
SLR Digital Camera
Point & Shoot
Digital Camera
Film Camera
MORE EXAMPLES
Lighting
digitalcameraworld.com
Hard Light
Soft Light
the quality of daylight
changes depending on what type
of day it is & what time of day it is

hard, dramatic shadows & bright,
contrasting highlights
when the sun is
behind the clouds

light in early morning
or evening
is much softer
when its the middle of the day
don't shoot with the sun
shining in their face
try to photograph
your subject in shade
or with sun to the side
photograph dramatic backlit silhouettes by shooting into the sun
different weather
changes the mood
of your photo

put their back
to the sun
Framing the Subject
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