Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UST AB - How good are you in Photography?

Assignment for my students in Photography, UST Faculty of Arts and Letters
 By Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio

738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Critique this photo and the three below on their content and technical aspects.
And answer these questions. (Don't copy the questions) 

___1. For best results there is no substitute to having a manual camera with semi-automatic system for photographic art – kahit digital camera pa. 
__ 2 . When taking pictures, the rule is that the source of light must be at the back of the photographer. 
___3. The lens opening of a camera is like the pupil of the human eye. 
___4. Single lens reflex (SLR) means you are looking at the subject through the lens of the camera. 
__ 5. Satellite imaging can detect weather disturbances, pollution; it can predict crop yield levels, and in fact even hideouts of terrorists. 

___6. Satellite imaging is used in cartography, that is, the science of mapping the features of the earth. 
__ 7. Deeper interpretation of contrast is in the subject of the photo, rather than interplay of light and shadow, colors and lines. 
__ 8. The larger the lens opening the better is the depth of field. 
__ 9. If the background is bright and your subjects are posed against it, what you can do to counteract glare is to use flash. 
__10. Filters emphasize outlines, increases contrast of light and shadow, warm and cool and colors. It is also used in silhouette photography. 

__11. The opening of a flower bud step by step is recorded by means of time lapse photography, a technique that compresses time to enable the eye to witness the event in a short time frame. 
__12. Buildings appear in concentric circle converging at the top if you use fisheye lens. 
__13.When using a wide angle lens for a group photo, those on the sides appear to be very thin while those at the center are fat. 
__14. Telezoom lenses extend the view, compressing distance, thus they are used in war zones. 
__15.Allow the pupil of the eye to narrow down by sending a series of faint flashes before the real flash is made. This is to prevent red eye in the photograph. 
_ 16. With the state-of-the-art digital photography, a poorly taken photo can be edited anyway - so, why worry? 

__17. Black and white photos are simpler to process and print than color photographs. 
__18. The computer is equipped with a software to correct blurred, burned, incomplete and misaligned photos to appear normal. 
__ 19. As a rule do not retouch a historical documentary photos; they are more authentic in their original state. 
__ 20. It is easier to photograph emotions rather than features, because they come naturally, while you have to do a lot of script in the latter.

__21. A famous photograph – a naked young girl, her body burned by napalm (Orange Agent) running along a highway with other children, while soldiers simply didn’t mind, was taken during the recent Iraq war. 
__22. A lone man standing in front of a column of tanks was taken during the Vietnam war. The photo freezes the action as if the man succeeded in his suicidal act. 
__23. Today, photography – from shooting to printing - can be done in a home studio, and therefore offers a good business opportunity. In fact documentaries and short movies can be done. 
__24. Composition is the key to telling a story, be it a painting, a poem, a novel – or a photograph. 
__25. The elements of art – are also the elements of photography. 

__26. Foreshortened effect is shown on traffic signs written on the highway. 
__27. 400 ASA/ISO/DIN film is more sensitive than 100 ASA/ISO/DIN film, in the same way as 4 megapixels is more sensitive than say, 2 megapixels. 
__28. As the number increases - 30, 60, 100, 250, 500, 1000 – it means the shutter mechanism proportionately slows down or decreases speed. 
__29. Here are three ways to improve your photo when lighting is poor: use tripod, use flash, increase ASA or DIN – in any combination, or all of them at the same time. 
__30. You can get multiple exposures in a single shot of fireworks even without a tripod. 

__31. Adjust shutter to B and mount camera on tripod when shooting night scenes – a busy street, Christmas lights, stars, constellation, etc. 
__32. Today’s digital camera is more versatile, relatively cheaper, easier to operate – but not necessarily superior in quality - to film camera. 
__33. Some digital cameras can used the lenses of film cameras, particularly SLRs. 
__34. The most advanced digital cameras are made by Kodak. 
__35.When a close up of flower is blurred, the subject is too close. 

__36. Basketball player in air totally blurred – shutter speed is too slow.
__37. Sunny outdoor view is rough, with dot matrix like in “pointillism.” – ASA/ISO value too high. 
__38. Photo is too light all over, no accent, clarity poor – insufficient light, lens opening too small, or both. 
__39. When having your picture taken, relax your shoulder and your face muscles will also relax. 
__40. “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Micro Safari” have one in common – micro photography. 

__41. Light microscope reveals the world of microorganisms – countless of them in a single drop of water. 
__42. Electron microscopy produces photographs of extremely small objects up to 5,000 times in a myriad of colors like a rainbow. 
__43. Radio telescope enables the human eye to see very far objects like stars using the same principle of lens telescope. 
__44. One area of photography that enables us to see fast moving objects normally invisible to the eye is through slow motion photography. 
__45. The aura emitted by our body is visible through photography. 

__46. Photography brings to the eyes of the world good things to appreciate, and evil things to correct. 
__47. Photojournalism is a risky profession, like other media men, they risk their lives. In fact the Philippines has the most number of fatalities among media men, second to Iraq. 
__48. War is the arena of photography – war against poverty, graft and corruption, environmental degradation, diseases, ignorance, terrorism, and the like. 
__49. Yet photography offers the newest, most modern, technologically advanced, now popularized to be enjoyed by millions of people everyday.
__50. Photography is the extension of our eyes and other senses, in fact our intellect, our feeling and our soul. ~


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