The final class meeting for session one. We had a literary scavenger hunt throughout central London. We ran around like chickens with our heads cut off, luckily, we came in second place!
After the scavenger hunt, a group of us went with Dr. G to a pop-up exhibition of graphic designs that helped create the Harry Potter cinematic universe, it was really cool to see all of the little details that went into creating the films.
On the way to campus, we ended up at the National Gallery Museum!
After returning to campus and doing my laundry, a group of us went out to find a pub showing England in the world cup and to celebrate for those who were only staying for the first session. Eventually, we ended up at the Toyshop, which we had gone to for the cocktail night. After the game, there was a live band that played until close.
I slept in for the first time in what felt like months, then went to the library to work on editing some photography with Jeff. After that, Sydney, Caleb, Jeff and I hunted down Abbey Road and Baker Street.
We took the bus back from central London during rush hour, it took forever and I think I fell asleep. The day ended with all of us plus Ally and Carter watching Back to the Future in my kitchen.
I took another lazy day. I slept in, finished a movie and watched five episodes of Brooklyn 99. Said goodbye to some good friends. Hung out with some good friends; we fed the birds and narrowly missed being attacked by some swans and geese. Then, Sydney made dinner for all of us. I also finally beat level 47 of Mr. Bean, which I had been stuck on for over a month.
Caleb, Sydney and I took Jeff out for a goodbye brunch.
Afterward, we dodge a crowded bus, walked through a park, found a weird Santa toy and ended up feeding the birds again. There is a duck that will eat out of your hand. Sydney named her Stacy.
The first day of class for session two. I’m in a writing class titled Hidden London. We explore the city and works about it and then write about London. This class has a bit more demanding workload than the last one, but it still seems fun. Tyler and I grabbed a table in the library after class to work on final papers from the other class and homework from our new class. I said goodbye to Jeff. Then a group of us went to see Oceans 8. It was okay.
Had class and spent some time in the library. Then went on a Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with the social programme. This one was a bit better than the one that I went on in my session one class.
Happy fourth to all of my friends and family across the pond! My class went on an excursion to the White Chapel area of London. If you’re ever in the city and want to look at some awesome street art, check out Brick Lane.
We also visited the White Chapel Gallery, which was doing an exhibit on Dead Negatives of the Great Depression, focusing on photographers who shot for the FSA.
After class, I tried some charity shops in search of clothes that won’t cook me in this odd heat wave (I packed for chilly, rainy London, not 80s-90s, sunny and droughty). I also went grocery shopping, as I had no food for breakfast. Pray for rain.
-exposure controls how light and/or dark an image is
-it’s the mixture of all three pillars of photography: ISO, shutter speed and aperture
-iso is the level of sensitivity of camera to available light
-the lower the level, the less sensitive, the higher= more sensitive
-base iso is the lowest iso number of the sensor, that can produce the highest image quality, without adding noise to the image. Ranges:100-200 (base iso), 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400. Each step in between doubles sensitivity
-With increased sensitivity, there can be more graining
-shutter speed is the amount of time the shutter is open
-it’s measured in seconds and fractions of seconds
-slow shutter speeds require tripods and cause blurriness to moving objects
-want a fast shutter speed for taking pictures of sports or flying birds etc.
-want a slow shutter speed if you want to capture paint drying, or a snail moving, stuff like that
-aperture is the hole in the lens that lets light into the camera body (the pupil of your eye is the aperture of photography)
-adds dimension by blurring background and bringing subject into focus or makes everything in focus
-diaphragm: stops or blocks light, with the exception of the light that goes through the aperture
-expressed in f-numbers, which are described as f-stops
-f-stops describe the size of the aperture; the bigger the number, the smaller the hole
-if you want the subject in better focus, use a larger f-number. The smaller the hole, the more in focus the subject and the blurrier the background
If you’re new to photography, and don’t know where to start, I’ve got your back!
Jumping into the world of photography can be a struggle, so I’m going to share my notes from my various photography classes with you, hoping that they help! This first lesson (can we call it that? let’s go with it.) is all about composition, so you can make your photographs as pleasing to the eye as possible!
(Keep in mind that you can’t possibly follow all of these “guidelines” in one picture! Feel free to experiment; the most important ones (to me at least) are the Rule of Thirds and putting the horizon line on one of the Rule of Thirds lines.)
Rule of Thirds
3×3 frame, don’t put the subject in middle, put it on one of the lines or where they intersect!
imagine a number sign, or as our generation says, a hashtag (#)
basically, don’t put anything in the centre of your photograph
have something on each side
imagine the picture as a scale
use elements of the scene to create a lined pattern that will draw the viewers eye and allow the eye to follow the lines
horizontal lines= static and calm, vertical= permanence and stability, diagonal= drama movement and uncertainty
Symmetry and Patterns
makes it eye catching
i.e. an upwards angle creates a more powerful feel
angle down on the subject (wimpy, sympathetic), angle sideways
IDEA! take a picture from lying on your back to get different view
don’t make it too busy
don’t keep it too much in focus, blur it a bit
here is where the idea of “you can’t use all of these in one picture” comes in, above I said not to have the background in focus, where below it’ll say to have it in focus. it all depends how you want YOUR picture to be
objects in fore, middle and background; layer
have stuff around the edge to isolate main subject
if you’re taking a picture of a vacant street, use the buildings on both sides to frame it
crop around [small] subject to get rid of noise in background
Simplify the Scene
basically get rid of clutter, make the background bare or as less busy as possible
Use silhouettes by putting the light behind the subject
Fill the frame
don’t leave empty space
zoom in as close as possible to a subject
Space to Move
humans look ahead; if you’re taking a picture of car headed to the left, then leave some empty space to the left of it
contrast, not same shade: blue and orange, purple and yellow, red and green, black and white!
Use odd numbers
more appealing to the eye
take a picture of three under water basket weavers instead of two
creates dimension (brick, cement, velvet, etc.)
do not put in middle of frame
above or below, depending on the image
Lean into Frame
when photographing animals and people, have them looking into camera
Good luck! Tweet me your pictures @susanarnold_ or tag me in them on Instagram with @susanarnold_