Learning Activity – Fun With Slow Shutter Speeds

16. October 2017 Uncategorised 0
Learning Activity – Fun With Slow Shutter Speeds

Learning Activity – Fun With Slow Shutter Speeds

During this assignment you will get familiar with working in a darker environment and how it affects buildings and people while using slow shutter speed.

 

Learning Activity: Fun with slow shutter speeds (1 day)
1. Wait until it’s almost dark outside. Take your camera and go and sit in a busy tourist area. Choose a building or statue to photograph. Place your camera on a tripod and set the shutter speed to 30 seconds or more. (If you don’t have a tripod, something stable, like a chair, will also work.)

Take a look at your photograph. Do you see a lot of people in it or just the building/statue?

2. Wait until it’s dark. Go and stand on a bridge over a busy street (or look from the window of a high-rise building). Place your camera on a tripod and set your shutter speed to 30 seconds or more. Inspect your photograph. What do you see?

3. Ask a friend to help you with this activity. Choose a dark room in your house and switch off the lights. Place your camera on a tripod and set your shutter speed to 30 seconds or more. Ask your friend to “draw” a picture in the air using a flashlight. Take a look at your photograph. What do you see? This fun activity is called light painting. Try an easy pattern first, but also a more complicated one.

Due dates

This Learning Activity must be published on your WordPress blog by the end of the week, at Sunday before midnight.

Please note:

You must complete 80% of the Learning Activities in order to pass this course.

Resources and equipment

  • Camera
  • Objects and people to photograph
  • Tripod
  • Editing software of your choice

1: 

I tried to take some, but there wasn’t any people walking outside, due to the bad weather. But I will keep trying. There is not a lot of tourist in my hometown, or people in general, they are inside the mall, not walking outside in the bad weather.

 

2:

I see trails of light from the passing cars. Other light are static. It was very bad weather this day, lots of wind and rain. You don’t see the cars in the image passing by, only their trails of light. This is because of the slow shutter speed. I experimented with different shutter speed, to see if I could see any difference, the lower the shutter speed, the more you could see of the cars, and shorter light trails. I have some examples below. I stood on the Davinci bridge.

Iso: 500
f/32
Shutter speed: 30sec
White balance: auto
Flash: none
Tripod

Iso: 500
f/36
Shutter speed: 6sec
White balance: auto
Flash: none
Tripod

Iso: 500
f/18
Shutter speed: 15sec
White balance: auto
Flash: none
Tripod

3:

Here I see a flower drawn with a table top synthesizer called Novation Circuit. This has a lot of coloerd led lights, and were used in a dark room to draw. I took multiple photos, since this was a lot of fun. Here you can see my examples of this. I used a slow shutterspeed, 30 seconds.

Iso: 100
f/22
Shutter speed: 30sec
White balance: auto
Flash: none
Tripod