Week 16

Settings: f/2.2, 1/500 second, ISO 400, 50mm prime

Set up. For the photos. Try to find an area where the light isn’t going to change between your shots (eg. open shade or in this case, indoors). Pick an area where the background isn’t going to be too busy either (you can always place your subject further from the background in order to blur it out). Start in AV mode with a wide aperture. Set the ISO to allow a fast shutter speed (faster than 1/100 preferably) & use spot metering. Look at the view finder as well as the histogram to check the exposure & if you’re happy, transfer these settings into “manual” mode (this will help ensure the exposure remains constant throughout the shoot). Don’t be afraid to move in closer or further away for different parts of the image.

Creating the triptych. Select all three images & make sure the white balance is consistent with all three (if not, you can always adjust it provided you took RAW images). Go to Image>Crop & in the width & height boxes enter sizes (in cm) to provide a 2:1 ratio. You can then further adjust the crop (pressing “shift” first will allow you to resize the crop without distorting the image). On the torso image, double-click on the “Background” in the layers palette & click “OK” to unlock the layer. Now go to the head image Select>All & then Edit>Copy. Back on the torso layer Edit>Paste. Repeat for the feet image. Activate the feet image in the layers palette & while holding down “shift” use the “Move tool” to drag this layer down. Move the head layer upwards in a similar fashion. Image>Reveal All & all three layers will be visible. Adjust the alignments as required. If the images aren’t the exact same width you can select all three layers simultaneously & crop the entire triptych.

Create a border. Select the “Move tool” & with the head layer active, hold down the “shift” key & tap the “up arrow”. Count how many taps & repeat this step for the feet layer. For the external border, select the “Crop” tool & draw a line around the whole triptych. Now drag the crop outwards to create a gap around the three pictures before pressing “Enter”. Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Colour choose white & click “OK”. Drag this layer to the bottom of the layers palette.

Opinion. After reading an article in “Digital SLR Photography” magazine (May 2015 edition) & checking out the work of Adde Adesokan (“Triptychs of Strangers” on Flickr, see below) https://www.flickr.com/photos/theblackstar/sets/72157626117942754/ I couldn’t wait to try creating a triptych of my own. I call this one “The Home Baker”. It was really fun to do & I can see myself creating a small collection of them over time.

Week 15

Settings: f/13, 1/20 second, ISO 100, 18mm

Set up. Taken while visiting Santa Barbara zoo.

Opinion. It’s almost impossible to visit California & not get any of these in your images! So I decided to make a feature out of one. In an attempt to make the composition a little more interesting, I shot the sun peaking through the leaves & angled the trunk diagonally up from the bottom corner. Once home though I thought it needed something more. Hence, the boost in contrast & conversion to sepia.

Week 14

Settings: f/8, 1/200 second, ISO 100, 44mm

Set up. Walking along Marina Park, Ventura, California.

Opinion. This image came out pretty much as I’d hoped. I wanted to get a picture of this solitary, purple flower (I believe it’s an ice plant) with a fairly shallow depth of field. There’s just enough evidence of the sand dunes in view to let you know I was at a beach & the palm trees in the distance really give it a California feel.

Week 13

Settings: f/5.6, 1/1250 second, ISO 200, 55mm

Set up. I took this picture using TV mode as I knew I required a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion. However, the original images were quite dark. So in an attempt to correct this, I opened up the aperture to allow more light into the camera. I now had a different problem in that I had to be more accurate with the focusing (due to the DoF being smaller) & on a moving subject too. This wasn’t helped by the fact I was shooting through a wire fence so I opted for “Al Servo” auto focus to get a little help from the camera. Still too dark. Finally, I remembered that if I increased the ISO this would brighten the final image as it increases the camera’s sensitivity to light.

Opinion. Freezing a sporting moment in time has always appealed to me but this was the first time I’d attempted it. The final image isn’t quite as sharp as I’d like but as previously stated, shooting through a wire fence resulted in having to hold the camera steady in order to avoid getting the fence in my image which hindered tracking the pitcher. I only shot single images too, not continuous fames, for fear of the sound putting my nephew off his game. Perhaps this would have led to more interesting compositions (it would certainly led to more photographs being taken!) I’ll have to read up on how the pro’s do it for the next time I try.