Monthly Archives: February 2016

Exercise 1.1

Take three or four exposures of the same scene. Don’t change anything on the camera and keep the framing the same.

Preview the shots on the LCD screen. At first glance they look the same, but are they? Perhaps a leaf moved with the wind, the light changed subtly, or the framing changed almost imperceptibly to include one seemingly insignificant object and exclude another. Time flows, the moment of each frame is different, and, as the saying has it, ‘you can’t step into the same river twice’.

Now bring up the histogram on the preview screen. The histogram is a graphical representation of exposure – the camera’s sensitivity to light. As you page through the images you can see small variations in the histograms. Even though the pictures look the same, the histogram data shows that in a matter of seconds the world changes, and these subtle differences are recorded by the camera. If you refine the test conditions – shooting on a tripod to fix the framing, moving indoors and closing the curtains to exclude daylight – still the histogram changes. Probably some of the changes are within the camera mechanism itself; still, the camera is a sensitive enough instrument to record them.

Add the sequence to your learning log with the time info from your camera’s shooting data as your first images for Part One.

For this exercise I took three shots near my house using my Canon EOS 5D mkIII with a Tamron 28-75mm lens.  I chose ISO 100, 1/200 f/5.0.  I took the shots immediately after each other as a van passed on the main road.


Whilst I thought I’d held the equipment steady, I’d moved the camera down a bit on pressing the shutter.  I should have used a tripod to ensure the frame was identical for all three shots.

In terms of the content changing, the van is seen moving up the slight hill. Due to the frame movement, it’s difficult to spot if there’s any movement of the trees.

Looking at the histogram analysis outputs via RawDigger, there are slight differences across the spectrum between all three images – this is unsurprising considering the moving van and frame-shift.

Image 1

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Image 2

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Image 3

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Assignment 1 – Feedback and re-work

I received some great feedback from my tutor in which he confirmed a lot of my own concerns over my submission:

  • I need to forget that this site is traditionally used as a blog and keep my assignments with an academic focus, rather than being chatty.
  • I need to be more selective over images and explain more fully the reasons for my choices in terms of settings used and content of the image.
  • Each image is to have a reference (either name or number).
  • I need to review other students’ work for ideas of how to best submit future assignments.
  • I need to be more confident in copying other photographers’ styles.
  • I need to do more research and evidence that in my submissions.

My tutor suggested re-taking the image below with the light on.


I’ve tried visiting the spot in early evenings, but have been unsuccessful in finding a similar ‘model’ for the shot.  Below is a shot in the early evening with two shoppers walking up the stairs.


I took more care to compose this shot centrally between the steps.  I also chose to be more zoomed in on the figures, though I’d like to try again with this light and a wider angle to get more of the steps in. The weather conditions weren’t great and unfortunately there’s a rain spot on the lens appearing like a halo around the girl on the right’s left knee. Nevertheless, I think that this photo is more interesting in terms of the light – if only I’d found the lad with the skateboard again!

The final set of images are therefore:


My tutor’s feedback can be read here: tutor report Stephanie Webb 514978 EYV asst 1