Night Photography

We had a chance to experiment with Night Photography techniques where we focused on how to control aperture, ISO, and shutter speed to create different night photography effects. I was very surprised with this topic and became a lot more interested in night photography than I initially thought I would. I love to shoot with natural light and have a somewhat high-key lighting style, so when the topic of night photography was brought up I knew I would have a lot to learn and experiment with.

In the beginning of our shooting session I was shooting in Manual mode with a high ISO within the 400-800 range, a medium shutter speed, and a wide aperture of 2.8. I was also using a fisheye lens that I was able to get my hands on through the schools check-out services. Altogether these made for some interest photos but they still weren’t looking like the examples we went over in class, so I slowed down my shutter and magic happened!

Overall I’m pleased with how the photos turned out although I wish I got to play a little more with blurred lighting . The techniques I learned here with the help and advice of the guest Navy photographers will also help me to shoot in low-light situations in the future.



Letters To A Young Artist – Confidence

The book Letters to a young artist by Anna Deavere Smith is a collection of letters and advice on “making a life in the arts.” This particular letter I read was about Confidence and how we choose to go about it. To exemplify her idea she shared the perception of confidence made by a competitive bull rider named Brent Williams.

51q3cziedql-_sx322_bo1204203200_Brent highlighted that we should value determination over confidence, although confidence is never a bad thing to possess. Determination requires more than confidence because it involves trying and putting action to your confidence.
My favorite part of this letter and the piece that really stuck out to me was Brent’s mention that having determination also means having doubt and humility. To me this means that we allow ourselves to put our best food forward, with just enough doubt to help us think critically and move with intention.  I take this advice with me and hope to apply it to my work, remembering to keep humility and always keeping my eye open to new things to learn.