Spring is in the air!

This was a busy weekend. After a rough winter this weekend gave us a taste of spring. Allison and I headed to Great Falls to attempt to capture some photo shots to the falls. For my first photo project I need to capture photo moments that use fast shutter speed and slow shutter speed. I thought the water flowing would be a nice idea. Second, I need to show depth-of-field and third, I need to use the panning technique to show motion. I didn’t expect to capture all these techniques but I thought I would get at least one. I didn’t get anything. It was a little frustrating but it was such a beautiful day to be outside I couldn’t be that upset. Regardless, I am still working on this project. It’s not that these techiniques are difficult. I am just looking to capture something that will mean something to people.

Staying Focused

Hello again, its been a long week and I am just getting a chance to update everyone. With teaching during the week it becomes challenging to update often. Anyway, I am moving along in my studies, working on lesson 4 of my first unit. The lesson I am working on now is titled, ” How To Use Your Camera.” It essentially rambles on about the what they refer to as the “twin poles of exposure,” referring to depth of field and shutter speed. You might sense a feeling of annoyance by my word choice above. Nothing against the course, it is exactly what it claims to be. My struggle is this: I want to be a good student, meaning that I want to read and actively participate in every part of this course. However, some pieces of this unit have no relevance to me or my equipment. It becomes difficult to focus and connect to the material, causing my mind wander away from my readings. This causes me frustration because it takes me awhile to get back in it. It is only the beginning and I am certain that this will change. I know that as the course progresses it will become more focused on specific areas of photography which I am looking forward to. For now I struggle a bit.

The Camera

Every major field of study teaches you about the history of their existence and that is what I am studying today. It may be considered boring and tedious but I found parts of the history of cameras interesting. I learned that arguably the first camera built was by a Frenchman named Daguerre. From there it was really a worldly collaboration in that different countries throughout the world added pieces to the camera that make up what we have today. This progression took place within the last 150 years.  This thought leads to another idea. Imagine a world without camera. The truth is that the majority of our history was left to the interpretation of artists and sculptors. It wasn’t until the Civil War that we had the technology to capture moments of history. Pretty awesome to think about. The rest of this lesson spoke of the different types of cameras and how they have changed. They continued to speak about how even though we are in the digital age, photographers still find comfort in film style cameras. Although I found some interesting things in these lessons, I am looking forward to the more hands-on lessons.