Seeing Photographically


  • Learn the basic functions of the Canon EOS digital camera and lens while capturing images


  • 6.3 Properly exposed and focused photographs
  • 6.4a Aperture settings – shallow depth of field
  • 6.4b Aperture settings – max depth of field
  • 6.5a Shutter speeds – stopped motion
  • 6.5b Shutter speeds – blurred motion
  • 6.6 Photographic elements of composition


  • Blog post with 3 images embedded from Flickr and written description of what was done and learned



  • Learn about shutterspeed, lens aperture f-stop, sensor ISO, and light
  • Use the lens aperture (f-stop), shutter speed, and camera ISO to control photographic exposure.
    • Use the built-in camera light meter to make sure that you have a proper exposure for each image
  • Learn about photographic composition rules and look at how different photographers define the rules:
  • Create a Photographic Plan
    • Write down the camera settings you think you will need for each picture
      • Include a brief description of what you are going to photograph
    • Before you get a camera, show your written plan to the teacher for approval and recommendations
  • Practice the basic functions of the Canon EOS digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) and lens while capturing images including :
    • Camera Lens as Creative Tool – Using Depth of Field
      • The first image will be shot with a small lens f-stop (f1.8 to 5.6) to demonstrate shallow depth of field. The shot will be a portrait placing the individual near the lens, between 2 to 4 feet, and the background at least 10 feet further back.
    • Camera Shutter as Creative Tool – Using Shutter Speed  or Motion
      • The second image will be shot with a low shutter speed (below 1/60th of a second). Be sure to use a tripod or brace the camera against a non moving object, like a wall or fence. Incorporate a still element and a moving object in the photo.
    • Human Eye as Creative Tool – Using Unique Perspective
      • The third image will be of an unusual perspective. Set your ISO to 100. You may need to place the camera on a stable surface if you are in low light. Take the picture to purposefully disguise the identity of the object; extreme close-up, shot from above or below, from inside or outside and/or with unusual lighting; extreme low or bright light or shading. Explore textures, sidewalks, walls, ceiling tiles and/or grates. Look for patterns like rows of trees, vehicles, poles, books or fence lines.
  • Download the images off the camera and save them to your account
  • Upload images to your Flickr account and the class gallery
  • We will review the work in class the following day



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