Creating Images

Read the following article from Digital-Photography-School about creating images.

Also, read this timely article on Frame Within A Frame to aid in your composition.

Answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper. Write out the question and answers.

  1. What is the difference between good photographers and great photographers?
  2. What helps you shoot pleasing compositions, great locations and visionary editorials?
  3. What 5 questions should you ask yourself before photographing?
  4. Why does practicing shooting for a client help with creating images?
  5. Framing can improve your composition by doing what for your subject?

Attributes of God – Depth of Field project

Your current project is to use depth of field to emphasize an idea in regards to an attribute of God. It might be a little difficult to think about ideas, so read the article linked below to get a better understanding of 15 different attributes of God.

Project Description: DOF (Attributes of God)



Rule of Thirds and Composition

You have a camera. You learned how to turn it on. You have begun to move past the automatic stage into the creative realm where you are setting your aperture for depth of field, or your shutter speed to capture motion.  Those are all good to know and valuable, but now we begin to focus our attention on the composition of our photos.

The composition of your images will either intrigue and spark interest or have no effect on the viewer. There are certain guidelines you can follow that will help to improve your overall images. One of those guidelines is the Rule of Thirds.

Read the following article from that describes the Rule of Thirds and how it works. Answer the following questions on a piece of paper, writing out the question and answering it. Turn it in when finished.

1. What is the basic principle behind the rule of thirds?

2. What is a good technique for landscape shots?

3. What are important questions to ask when learning how to use the rule of thirds?

When you are finished, read this next article on composition and answer question 4.

4. What are 5 effective methods of composition? Give a brief description of each.



As we begin to get a little more in depth with photography here in class it is important to discuss the type of format you will be shooting with your camera. As you touched on briefly in chapter 8 of your book, we will be a looking a little more closely at the RAW and JPG formats.

Check out this article from Digital Photography School’s blog as they explain the technical differences between the two.

Once you have read the article, write out the following questions and answer them on a piece of paper to turn in to class.

1. Name 4 characteristics of a RAW file.

2. Name 4 characteristics of a JPG file.

3. What happens when a camera “processes” a JPG file?

4. What are the benefits to shooting RAW over JPG?

5. What are the benefits to shooting JPG over RAW?


As we begin to understand exposure and getting to the proper exposure for our images, there is a lot of information to remember. The following are links to articles to help you better understand the concept so that you can put it into practice quicker. Click on the the link to watch the video and answer the corresponding questions for each video on a piece of paper. Turn this paper in at the end of class.

From SLR Lounge:

Understanding Exposure with the Exposure Triangle

  1. What do the cups represent?
  2. What represented light in the analogy?
  3. What does f/2 and f/4 really represent?
  4. What is bokeh?
  5. What is ISO?
  6. What happens as the ISO increases from 100-200-400?
  7. As a general rule, shoot at what ISO?
  8. If exposure can’t be made with aperture and shutter adjustments, what’s the last resort?

No Such Thing as a Correct Exposure

  1. Why did he choose yellow for the model  and balloons?
  2. At what direction does the light make it difficult to shoot?
  3. What do you want to see in a silhouette?
  4. Why does he shoot low?

From Cambridge in Colour:

Camera Exposure

  1. Aperture affects ___________, shutter speed affects _______________ and ISO speed affects ______________.
  2. All one usually cares about with shutter speed is whether it results in a ____________ — either by freezing movement or because the shot can be taken hand held without camera shake.
  3. In photographer slang, when someone says they are “stopping down” or “opening up” their lens, they are referring to _______________________________ the f-stop value, respectively.
  4. Unlike aperture and shutter speed, a lower ISO speed is almost always desirable, since higher ISO speeds __________________________.
  5. In ___________ mode, you specify the aperture and ISO; the shutter speed is determined by a remote release switch, or by the duration until you press the shutter button a second time.
  6. Keep in mind that most of the settings rely on the _____________________ in order to know what’s a proper exposure.

First Assignment!

Photo Class 1st Assignment

1. Go to

2. Sign up

3. Post 1 photo that you have taken.  (Can be anything)

4. Email me ( the link to your photostream (

5. Bring your camera tomorrow to classFLICKR

Welcome to Photo Class!

I’m excited to have so many new students this year for photography! I am looking forward to seeing your creativity and seeing you grow in this art.  I am here to assist you and answer any questions you may have, so feel free to ask.  Check out the links on the right for interesting content and ways to find more education in this field.

You can always email me at with any questions you might have.