Project 1: Name Game
For your first project, you will photograph the letters of your first and last name using objects, shadows, corners, and lines in your environment.
The purpose of this assignment is to practice the functions of your digital camera. You will shoot images that emphasize using a SHALLOW depth of field (DOF) and a WIDE aperture. You must shoot these images using MANUAL MODE on your camera – your goal is to better understand how to read your light meter and the relationship between the aperture and shutter speed settings on your camera.
REMEMBER to make sure you are shooting in RAW image format. (To double check, go to your camera's menu under image quality. Set your quality to RAW. Not RAW+JPEG! If you shoot your project in JPEG, points will be deducted from your overall grade AND you will have to reshoot all of your images.
Find and photograph subject matter that looks like letters from your FIRST and LAST name. Each shot for each letter must be different. You must use a WIDE aperture to emphasize each letter using a shallow DOF. Frame your shot (get down to the level of the object so your “letter” fills the frame), focus on your “letter,” read your light meter, and set your aperture and shutter speed to the correct exposure. Remember to set it to the widest aperture for available light (the lower the number, the wider the aperture and shallow DOF, ex: f/3.5, f/5.6, etc). You must shoot a minimum of 10 exposures PER LETTER of your first and last name.
The goal for this project is observation and understanding your camera and its functions to get a correct exposure. REMEMBER that when hand holding your camera, the slowest shutter speed you should shoot at is 1/60 of a second.
REMEMBER to pay attention to your ISO: the lower the ISO number, the smoother the image is. You don't want a very grainy image, so avoid shooting at a high ISO!
Monday, September 17: Have your images shot and ready to upload by the beginning of class. You must shoot a minimum of 10 exposures PER LETTER of your first and last name. For example, if your name was Jane Doe then you would shoot a minimum of 80 images.
Tuesday or Wednesday, September 18-19: Contact sheet due with all images shot for your project due in your Google Drive folder for a grade. (We will go over how to create a contact sheet in your block class.) Your contact sheet is due by midnight.
Tuesday or Wednesday, September 25- 26: Your final, processed DNG files are due in your Google Drive folder under Project 1: Name Game. Label your files (in order, to spell your name) lastname_firstname_p1_final_1, lastname_firstname_p1_final_2, etc. This is due by MIDNIGHT on your class period's block day.
Your final grade will come from these files. See below to download a copy of the project grading rubric. Please note that no late work will be accepted without a valid excuse. Any work that is not turned in on the due date must be turned in by the next day for a maximum of 80% credit.
Be creative and have fun!