Phtography Tip Thursday # 5~ My First Assignment is Due!

Last evening our first assignment was due on depth of field and shutter speed. Each student was responsible for bringing in 4 photos shot in the last 3-4 weeks. Two photos had to demonstrate the difference between shallow and deep depth of field, and two photos demonstrating the extremes in shutter speed, fast and slow. Then we spent over two hours critiquing each student's set of pictures...and some of these photos were really good! So what I will do today is show you what my assignment looked like and you can do come of your own critiquing...

First is my shallow depth of field shot. Remember in shallow depth of field only part of the image is in focus...the rest is blurred. This was taken in the morning sun so the colors are very vivid. The two lead flowers are in focus but then the rest are blurred in the background. I got this effect by getting my camera as close as possible to the flowers, so yes I was laying on my front lawn to capture this image.

Next is and example of deep depth of field where everything in the photo is completely in focus. Here every object in the picture from the end of the pool table to the items on the bar are in perfect focus. (Boy I would love to tell you that this is my home...not!)

The next picture is from my daughter Grace's basketball game a few weeks ago. The object here was to freeze motion so I had the camera on all manual settings and used an ISO of about 3200 and a fast shutter speed about 1/4 of a second. My aperture was most likely pretty wide since we were inside, probably at F-5.

And this last picture was shot using a slow shutter speed so I could blurry the motion in the photo. Here Grace is on a tire swing at the playground. This was tough to shoot since it was a very bright day and the shutter had to be open for a longer period of time, therefore a lot of light was allowed in. I probably should have tightened up my aperture more than I did to keep the picture from looking so washed out, but I think the effect is pretty cool!

There you have it...my assignment and a quick review of what was learned in lesson two of this series. And no I don't know what my grade on this is yet, but I do have the chance to reshoot any photo I'd like before the end of the semester if I want to try to improve my grade on any given assignment!

Have a great week and see you next Thursday!


  1. I am so proud of you for stepping out and taking this class! And thank you for sharing with us! I took a photography class during college (I'm an art major) but that was before the invention of the digital camera! I date myself!
    Love the beautiful purple flowers!
    dee dee

  2. Hi Barbara: Great pictures! You are learning alot. I , also, took a photography class way back when but that, too, was before digital. Now I just have a little Canon and can't do too much with that. Maybe Santa will be good to me this year...Keep up the good work..Judy at GoldCountryCottage


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