On The Other Side of the Lens

Hey guys!

So one of my classes I am taking this semester at Wayne State is pushing me way outside of my box. When I originally registered for Photojournalism I had no idea what I was setting myself up for. I have a new respect for all photographers who do their job and do it well. From the first day of practice shooting on campus I knew this was going to be one of my challenging classes this semester. At this very moment that I am typing this I still do not fully understand how to properly set settings for specific pictures on my camera. However I want to share what I have learned. I am not going to lie first day of class I thought I was in Spanish class when the terms aperture, ISO, and shutter speed came up. It has taken me weeks to finally get an understanding of each term. However I still struggle to transfer that to the actual camera.  So from my first adventure of being on the other side of the camera I learned why ISO is so important in photography. I have looked up tons of definitions of ISO and none really gave a plan answer to me.

While I was shooting in Downtown Detroit Riverwalk area I came up with a way to remember ISO. Whenever I adjusted my ISO I thought about when I am at home and I open and close my blinds to shut or let light in. ISO is the function of how much light I want to capture in my picture. I also discovered what the function aperture does. Aperture is measured in F stops on the camera. I compared it to my pupils and how it reacts to lighting. For example, dilated pupils happens when less light is let in. A bigger F stop number means less light. A small pupils happens with more light. Therefore a small F stop means more light.

Lastly, the most challenging one of all the shutter speed function. Shutter speed refers to how much and how fast light is let into the camera. I struggled really hard with each photo I took in adjusting my shutter speed. Every time I thought I had a good shot, my shutter speed would ruin the whole picture either leaving my picture to dark or over exposed. After several redo’s I finally came up with a better way to understand shutter speed. Shutter speed is like my eyelids. The shutter speed defines the speed of my “blink.” The lower the shutter speed the slower I blink and that allows a lot of light in. Contrast to the higher the shutter speed the faster I blink and that allows minimal light in. I also learned how to get good angles for specific photos. For example, when I took the photo of the two wine glasses at first I tried sitting up in a chair. However I could not get a good shot like I wanted. So I had to get on the floor and lay on my stomach to get the shot I wanted. Photography is not just about taking photos upright and straight.

Although this assignment was challenging for me, on the upside I did enjoy venturing out. I would have never went out to the Downtown area or D.I.A (Detroit Institute of Arts) to take pictures on my own. Like I stated before this classes is pushing me out of my comfort box. I never in a million years would think that photography cause so much confusion and disruption to my life. But it also is bring excitement and adventure as well. Once again no I have not mastered it but every time I pullout my camera my shots are better than the last. It is very frustrating however I am using this assignment as a critical learning tool for now and the future. Down below is a slide show of pictures I thought to be my best work! Hope you enjoy and feel free to leave a comment.