Most of the exercises in unit 1 were fairly straight forward:
- take the same scene with the camera set to the same aperture but focusing on different points
- take the same scene with the camera set to different apertures
- photographing movement
- panning with different shutter speeds
They did make me think though. I suppose the fact that I was taking the same picture but at different settings made me aware of the effect that the different settings had rather than take for granted that I would do it in a certain way. Of those exercises, the only ones that caused me a problem were those involving movement.
According to the materials, ‘panning comes natural to most people’, not me, I definitely need to find more opportunities to take photographs of moving subjects as I really felt out of my comfort zone here. Moving water was fine and the resulting shots ranged from sharp to milky at very low shutter speeds. I had also taken some of my little dog Isla and they were very hit and miss. It gives a whole new meaning to ‘panning’ as I had to move the camera up and down rather than from side to side and either she or I moved to quickly so that I only had a small part of her in the frame most of the time. The best, I think, was this one where she was running towards me rather than back and forth across the front of the camera. It is not particularly sharp but gives an overall impression which is very typical of her.