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Special Techniques, Panoramic

Panoramic photography involves taking several images then sticking them together seamlessly to create one image.

To do this correctly you may need to use a tripod, pano head, wide angle lens, decide on both depth of field and exposure, overlap shots by unto 50%, pre visualise the shot.

My attempt



This technique i think can be very useful especially for photographing scenery and buildings and can also compensate for a lack of a wide angle lens. Learning how to do this has made me think of new ways to use panoramic photography and i am looking forward to when i can next put this technique into use.

Special Techniques, High Dynamic Range (HDR)

This lecture was about HDR imaging and how it done. It involves taking at least 3 images, one being overexposed, one being correctly exposed, then one being underexposed. These 3 photos are then opened in Adobe Bridge where you can select to merge them as HDR. This software takes the best exposure from all 3 images and merges them into one image. Obviously for all the three photos to line up correctly a try-pod is needed. Once the HDR image has been created you can then edit it in photoshop like any other image.

My first attempt at HDR

HDR guitars



Reflection: Overal i feel the lesson was very iterating as i had heard of HDR photography before and found it a very cool interesting technique but had never done it myself due to not really knowing how. This lesson has taught me how and i am now able to produce a full HDR image, ok maybe it is not the best but i will definitely be using this technique more as i really like the effect you can get from a HDR image.




Shutter Speed, Panning and Focal Zoom

This lecture was about capturing motion and shutter speed, panning and focal zoom are three ways of doing this


There are many ways of capturing motion from freezing it (fast shutter speed) to blurring it (slow shutter speed) and also implying motion (moving the camera)

Guidelines to panning are generally frame a suitable background, setup manual exposure and focus first, keep steady when following the subject and slow shutter speed depending on the speed of the object your photographing.


Shutter speed:





Focal Zoom:

car zoom edit



Overall i feel this was a very interesting lesson and when i went and put what i had been told in the lessons as well as my past experience with these techniques i feel the images i took were very good. I enjoyed this as it is a very hands on and experimental side to photography where as you can experiment with lighting it doesn’t involve being as physical like panning or focal zoom.


This lecture was to make us aware of different lenses available and also to show us what they do.

The different types of lenses are: Macro, Wide Angle, Fish eye and telephoto. All these have different features and uses. Macros lens allows you to take very detailed photographs of objects close up. Wide angle lens allows more of the surrounding to be in the image compared to a standard lens. Fish eye is just a more extreme wide angle lens and the distortion of the surroundings are more obvious than a wide angle lens. Telephoto lens allows you to take pictures of objects that are far away without any quality being lost inn the image.

Wide angle lens





Telephoto lens



I had a basic knowledge of different lenses and what they do but it was nice to go into more detail about them and to be shown examples of what they each to best. Unfortunately i only have access to a telephoto lens and a wide angle lens for my camera so i was limited when taking images. Overall i feel it has helped me a lot understanding in more detail what each lens does.

Artificial Lighting

This lecture was based around how to use artificial lighting and what effect it has on the subject and what situations may require it.

Artificial lighting could be used/needed if the light is dull, the colour tone is wrong, direction of lighting is wrong and also if there is too much contrast. Ways of adding extra light could be to use a flash gun, studio lighting or reflectors.


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Overall i feel this lecture was very informative and i found it useful as i learnt how to use the flash on my camera as fill in flash, not using it on its highest setting but using it  just to light the subject up to correct the contrast of the image. The images i took testing the techniques i feel were a good start but with more time i think i can create images that are a lot better than the original ones.


This lecture was about apertures and how they can be an important part of the image.

Depth of field is the amount of subjects in the image in focus. If you want a storytelling photograph you would mostly go for a wide depth of field meaning the majority of the image is in focus, if not all of it. If you wanted a single theme photograph where only one of the subjects in the image, or even just a section of the subject is in focus you would go for a shallow depth of field.

Here are some images i have taken that put into practice what we got taught in the lecture.





This task was very interesting and i learnt that correctly sleeting the right aperture can improve a image immensely. I like to used a shallow depth of field when taking close ups as the blurred background enhances the image and doesn’t make the image to busy where as with a wide depth of field the subject i want the image to concentrate on may get lost within the background.

Introduction To Exposure

In this lesson we learnt the very basic about exposure and when you may need to use a longer exposure such as in  low light conditions and when fast exposure is suitable such as in good light where you want to freeze the moment like sports photography.

These are a few images i have taken that relate to the techniques we got told in the lesson







This lecture to me was just a refresher lesson as i feel very confident about exposure as i have experimented heavily with them in the past. It was good to get it all fresh in my head again as i hadn’t done much photography over the summer so this put me back on track and reminded me of the basics to take into account when choosing the correct exposure.

Iconic Images

Iconic images can be symbolic or have a religious meaning.


This was the first image i tried to recreate of a man stood in front of four tanks trying to stop there path.

Tank recreation

This was the best i could do as obviously i didn’t have access to tanks so i picked the next best thing, a double decker bus as it makes the person stood in front of it look tiny and powerless due to the size of the bus.

Beatles cover


Beatles Cover

This image was trying to recreate the iconic Abbey Road cover of the Beatles album. Doing this we had to find a zebra crossing then try and imitate the way they were crossing it. I edited this photo in photoshop to try and get the same look that the image has.



This lecture involved the class getting into groups and researching then recreating a few iconic images. I found the task set very interesting as it is amazing how just one image can become iconic and known by so many people. But i also found the task hard as some of the iconic images found were difficult to recreate but in all it was a very interesting lesson.

Natural Lighting

Week 1.


In this lesson we were introduced to how to use natural lighting in our photographs.


Things to consider:

-How does light effect the subject?

-How does the light effect the viewers response to the image?

Lighting conditions you may occur:

Low light, to overcome this you could set the shutter speed or aperture priority or even switch to completely manual mode choosing the right exposure yourself.


Sidelight:Brings out textures in the subjects face, makes the image look moody due to the shadows being cast.


Backlight: Object is usually darker if you are not manually adjusting the camera. If you do adjust the cameras exposure to get the object lighter you may experience the halo effect of the background being very bright.

rear light

Front Light: Can remove impurities from the models skin as no shadows are cast on bumps and the light is directly in front of them and also flattens the image.


Reflections: In this lecture we were asked to take 3 photographs demonstrating the use of natural light in portraiture photography. I feel my 3 images suitably fit into what we were asked to do and clearly show the different effects that natural lighting has on the image. The favourite image i took is of the sunlight coming in from the side of the image as i feel this creates a moody atmosphere in the photograph.

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