For this exercise I had to use my camera in manual mode. I had to take a series of images with different exposure setting from light to dark. What will the different images show.
Due to poor weather I decided that I would complete this exercise indoors. I decided to use the primary colours, red , green and blue.
I had a look at a monopoly set and found the perfect props.
I then set up a small studio with a 600w studio light set up on a frame above the props to give a nice clean, even light.
For all of the images I used a Nikon D3s set to iso 160. I used a Nikon 28-300mm lens set to 230mm.
Here are my first set of images using my props.
As you can see there are big differences in the images as taken. The images that the camera suggested was exposed was at F6.3. I could only go one stop lower so I had to show the contrasts by working my was up the scale.(There was a further image taken at F22 but the image was black)
After I had placed the images in the blog I decided that I would crop out part of the pictures and add them to show in greater detail how the colours have changed. They seem to lose depth as we work through them.
Here are the crops
Again the F14 image does not show that much other than the fact that the picture is darker (the F22 image was black) but the previous images show that the colours do change. They do become darker and richer as we move down up the scale. I always knew that the images would get darker as this was suggested in the notes.
The shots show a nice combination of textures (on the roofs of the green houses) and of colour.
Clearly the main difference in the images is in the colour saturation. As we move from F5.6 S the more saturated the colours look and as the images move to F10 and beyond they become more washed out.
After completing this exercise I have purchased a card to assist me when I start using photoshop.
Well what have I gained from this exercise. Although I took all of the images inside with a studio light the effect on the images if taken outside where the light would be changing can not be underestimated. The depth of colour can change before your eyes and therefore you must give yourself time to capture each image. Do you let the camera pick your settings of should you try to check the settings for yourself. Do you leave the camera to work things out or should you use a light meter?
After reviewing this exercise I had a look at some other examples by OCA students. I was wondering if the contrasts in my images should have been greater between the different settings.
I found a nice set of images on a guy from Scotland, after reading his thoughts and looking at his images I was pleased with what I had done.