Self-Directed Project: DSLR session w/ David

On Monday afternoon I went to David’s DSLR session, where we focused on both taking photographs of each other (portraits) and on taking photos of buildings (landscapes) – because these areas were of interest to us in the session, mine being of buildings in particular.

The photos have annotations as their captions...

We started by experimenting with the light inside, and with shutter speeds.

David took some photos of me to try to demonstrate how we should use flash outdoors when the background is brighter than the subject. But at first it wasn’t working very well, as the weather was just too bright.
So then, I had a go by firstly gaining the right exposure of the background, and then adding in the subject to focus on…

We then went on to focus on taking photos of buildings; I took photos of buildings with the sun behind them first of all…

This exercise was to demonstrate how the best photos of buildings come about when the sun is dead-on facing a building. When the sun is behind a building, not only is the sky whiter but the building can become dark and silhouetted. Some of the photos I took were okay, due in turn because the sky wasn’t visible. Mostly I got lens flare, because of my camera’s lens looking at the sun.

These photos, taken walking back up the street with the sun behind me are much more successful: the sun really helps to bring the colours and tones out of the subjects and scenes. The sky is bluer, and even the black shutters on the first few photos have different tones of black, due to the sun. This makes the texture of the shutters show.

Another point we were told to consider is, for a photo that has a real purposeful approach, to get the sun facing a building dead-on. The first few photos show how there is no shadow on the side that the sun is facing, but that there is on the side on an angle. Shadow can be nice for depth, but for photos of buildings it is better to let the sun really bring out its colours and textures, square-on, as this compliments a building better and looks of a buildings portfolio-standard.

From this session, I am going to go back out and shoot more locations, possibly reshoot the location that I photographed prior to this session, applying the techniques that I have learnt. I will also experiment with photoshop, to achieve similar looking prints to what David demonstrated, with 2 of my said prior photographs (of Templar Place in Leeds):

My Notes on Photoshop’s Image Adjustments

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