Exercise 1B: Shutter Effects

For the next series, we will make an exposure series with constant shutter speed. A tripod is not necessary for this – as we will be exposing them all (all frames that is) at 1/60th of a second. The reason for this exercise is to have an intense look at what happens to our highlights and shadows as we move through an exposure series. While in most cases what happens may not be ‘pretty’ in terms of a traditional image – it can be learned from – and we can use it to our advantage where necessary.

f/2.8 f/4 f/5.6 f/8 f/11 f/16 f/22 1/60 sec. 1/60 sec. 1/60 sec. 1/60 sec. 1/60 sec. 1/60 sec. 1/60 sec.

Analysis: Explore the shadow detail in certain areas as we move through the series… notice what happens to the detail that is underexposed and likewise with the highlight areas. Also note that contrast seems to vary according to the brightness/darkness of certain areas. For example, in frames which are underexposed – shadow areas tend to lose contrast when underexposed. Film will respond differently than digital images in this regard, as film tends to be a more ‘forgiving’ medium that responds a little differently than the digital medium.

Make note also of what other changes you see happening :


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