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.

 

Navy Guest Speakers

Photography has the ability to conform to all branches of life and today we had the chance to see the work of Navy photographers and hear their experiences as navy photographers.

I never thought that photography and the Navy would be a pair, but then again cameras and phones seemed like a funny combination at the start as well. Surprisingly enough both Ben Lewis and Arthur Marquez both started off in the Navy with other interests. Ben’s experience with photography started off with videos, in which he learned how photos could take the emotion behind a story or moment and capture it in a single frame. Arthur had began his career in the Navy as a diver and then crossed over to underwater photography.

In both of their experiences they hadn’t realize show much photography would have an impact on them. It’s inspiring to see that these photographers found their success in photography in different ways. Even more so it’s relieving to know that even photographers with years of experience still feel like they have a lot to learn, to me it conveys that this skill is an ongoing learning process that can always start but doesn’t have to end.

EVERYBODY STREET

The film Everybody Street exposes the ideas behind the photographers and photographs they produce of “real life.” The film mentions how some photographers paint their scenes in studio while others let the scene come to them.

There were a few points mae by the photographers that really stuck out to me in this documentary:

  • “Being behind the camera makes you not a participant, you’re an observer.” -Boogie
  • “[When photographing the street you are] responding to things and you learn what they mean to you” -Joel Meyerowitz
  • “[Photography] is a way of reading your culture.” -Joel Meyerowitz

The intention of photographers can be many things, but one thing is common in the idea that we all strive to share our perception with the world and hope that it makes them feel something. Whether we want our viewers to feel happy, sad, to take action, or to relive a memory; there is all a bigger picture to what we capture.

Watching this documentary has opened my eyes to a new meaning of photography. Sometimes it’s not all about vanity and a perfect picture, in fact most times it won’t be. There are many things still yet to be discovered and photographing these memories are one way to put time in a bottle for all to see.