Photography Class

Oh, I am so in over my head in this class, but that’s okay, I’ll learn a lot!  I’m very excited about it.  I learned a lot about my camera last night, I spent the whole night saying, WOW, I didn’t know it could do that, or, oh, this is so cool!  The teacher is neat.  Here is our end of the class assignment:

*Photograph the Alphabet*

We will be shooting these images in the RAW only mode.

You will look for natural or man (people) made objects and scenes that resemble letters of the alphabet. Try to photograph at least 6 letters each week. You do not have to shoot them in order. Any six will do as long as at the end of the class you have all 26 letters of the alphabet represented. You will be responsible for one vertical and one horizontally composed digital file of each letter. You may shoot more than one picture of each letter but you will only be required to have two compositions of each of the letters in the alphabet. Your compositions can reveal the letter in an obvious way or a subtle way. On our last class we will view these images on a LCD projector. The final images will be in the JPEG file format.

1. Use your favorite auto exposure mode for this assignment (P, A, S) for the Nikon and Olympus cameras and (P, Tv, Av) for Canon cameras.
2. Use your custom white balance card to make a custom white balance for each image you take or use one or more of the WB presets to achieve the color balance you desire. Use the same WB card for all the images you take within that series of pictures.
3. Remember to place the card for your white balance in the spot where your lighting and subject will be photographed.
4. You can include the WB card in a separate image as your method of white balancing if you plan to process JPEGs from your RAW files with an image editing program.
5. Use exposure compensation, exposure lock, and any camera settings you can to help you create a great looking picture.
6. If you wish you can have printed from your favorite lab a set of 4×6 prints made of each letter for a total of 52 prints (one vertical & one horizontal of each).
7. If you do not want to print all of the letters, print 4×6’s of at least 10 of your favorite images.
8. MAKE SURE YOU TELL THE LAB NOT TO MAKE ANY EXPOSURE OR COLOR ADJUSTMENTS TO YOUR PRINTS.
9. The FINAL images must be in the JPEG file format placed and numbered so to be listed in alphabetical order.
10. Make a CD of the final project and bring to class.

How fun is that going to be?  Some of the letters will be easy, others are going to be hard.  I’m going to try to stick with letters that occur naturally in nature or on the farm.  I already know where the “M” is coming from.  On my tabby cats, they have an “M” on their foreheads.

I’m tired though.  I didn’t get home until around 10:15 and didn’t get to bed until after 11.  Luckily Wally called me at around 6:15 this morning, otherwise I would likely still be sleeping, well, maybe not, but I’m glad he called.

I’m going to go and look at a Great Pyrenees over the weekend.  Hopefully it will work out.  Red’s dog that got injured by the coyote continues to improve.  They are pretty pleased with that.  That one dose of Arnica saved them a lot of money in vet bills.

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