So I noticed somone got to the blog yesterday searching google with this
So I thought I would take a post to explain how to get some different looks with one camera and a single lens, and if their is interest maybe in a later post go into how to change up a look with different lenses.
When you are taking pictures with a digital SLR there are really 3 main things to focus on to alter the look of your shots.
ISO – this is the speed in which your film (make believe film in the case of digital cameras) is going to expose. For example a good shot taken at a 200 iso will look completely blown out at 1000 iso, if all you change is the iso speed. Knowing this one would assume you want to shoot at a very high iso so that you get crisp unblurred shots. While you will get faster shots at a higher ISO, you also get alot more noise as you increase the iso.
The first shot was taken at an ISO of 1000 and the second shot was taken at an ISO of 6400. Although I was able to use a much faster shutter speed for the second shot, the quality of the photo is noticeably grainy.
Shutter Speed – This is how fast the mirror in your camera opens. The faster the shutter speed the more crisp your shot will be. The only real thing this will do to the look of your picture will determine if it is under or over exposed. The shutter speed does nothing to the quality of the picture, it will always have the same grain. Also a slow shutter speed will blur your subject if you or it is moving
This is the most common thing people know to change. The slower the shutter speed the brighter the photo. These photos show shutter speeds of 1/4000, 1/1250, 1/320, and 1/125 from left to right.
Aperture – This is the third and final major variable for shooting images, and in many ways adds the most options to the look of the photo. The aperture is the opening in the lens, it determines how much light is let into the camera. Varying the amount of light let into the camera also has a direct effect on how the image looks as well though. For example on my 35mm lens if I set the aprature to f1.8, which means the lens is letting as much light in as it can, the foreground and background are going to be much more out of focus, this is refereed to as “depth of field” or DOF. But if I take the same shot with the apeture closed to f20, much more of the scene will stay in focus. here is a quick example.
both of these are taken with the exact same lens (35mm f/1.8), I just changed the aperture to decrease my DOF on the second image.
The first image was taken at 1/2500 f/1.8 and an ISO of 1000
The second image was taken at 1/50 f/16 and an ISO of 1000
You notice that I had to change the shutter speed as well, but this change was done only to compensate for the loss of light because of my higher aperture (smaller hole in the lens).
I think this is a good amount of info to start with, and it covers the basics. I would write more, but I do not get many visitors to the site. However if you do come across this and find it helpful and want me to elaborate, or add more info, comment or write me and let me know.
I have installed the WPtouch plug in on my site. This will really help with all the iphone/ipod touch traffic I have been seeing lately. Basically this great plug-in alters your site into an very compatible theme for mobile users. My front page having some pretty heavy j-query effects was not very iphone friendly. Hopefully this will promote more exploring of my site to iphone visitors.
I, like every other web designer on the face of the planet, hate IE6. I hate how it doubles your design time simply because it does not work like it should. This does not mean I can stop designing for IE6. After all I assume the reason IE6 holds such a huge market share is that there are also many old windows operating systems out there that can not use IE7 or IE8. Maybe they are users at their jobs that are not allowed to upgrade their browsers and they really have no choice. So for my clients I do not feel like I have a choice, I am still going to design sites that are IE6 compatible.
But, when it comes to designing my site, that is a whole other story. I am sick of IE6 being a hinderance on code and formatting when it comes to my own site. I do not think I will become so drastic as to block IE6 users from seeing my site (yet), but I am not going to spend the extra time to make it work either. I am taking astand against a craptastic browser. It does not work for me so why should I work for it. In the future if I do implement changes on my site that make it completely brocken on IE6 I may take the step of blocking IE6 users.
I have become extremely lazy concerning my website as of late. I am hopping to change this over the next couple of weeks. As you can see I have reworked the layout of the site completely to be more portfolio friendly. I am still redoing images and adding portfolio posts of older work, but after that is done I have a ton of new work that I have done that will be added as well.
I also have decided that I am going to start posting on the blog again here as well. Many of my personal posts I have been doing at nitforpat.com, but I would like to start posting again here because I do come across many different design related articles, projects, and pieces that I would like to catalog on the site. I have noticed on my analitics that I have been getting quite a few more visitors to the site than usual, so it is my hope I can keep the content fresh and give visitors a reason to keep coming back.
Every so often I will come across a piece of work that blows my mind, rarely does this happen with student work. Reza Dolatabadi took two years to painstakingly create over 4000 painted images and then animated them to produce this short film. The running scene is fantastically done, and the splatters and texture really bring it to life.
Although I originally thought these were hand painted pieces, in reading the comments on the viemo post, I discovered that they were all digitally created. He also created the pieces over 3d rendered scenes. While this may take away from the finished piece for some people, in a project of this scope you need a blueprint to work around in my opinion. I feel like if he did not go this route; colors, perspectives, and styles would become a mush that did not work in the way the artist intended.
At any rate check out the video it is a very inspiring piece of work.
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Little About Me
I am a designer currently working in the Nashville, TN area. I have worked in numerous facets of the design industry such as broadcast design, web page design, to print, and have even dabbled in typography. I am always looking for new areas of design that will help me to extend my knowledge of the field.