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Week Three

Adventures with a malfunctioning light meter.

This week, faithful readers, I developed my film and started printing. Unfortunately, many of my prints didn't turn out. The camera I'm using is running out of battery power, I think, and the light meter is giving me incorrect light readings. Which means that all my pictures were overexposed, unfortunately. The good news, however, is that I have one more roll of film left. I also have two rolls of film from junior year of high school. They're still good, so I'll be using those rolls of film to bolster my portfolio.

I lent my other film camera to a girl in my class, but unfortunately she had to drop out before she could use her film. So I'm also using that camera which I know has a functioning light meter to take more pictures. And of course I'm also using my digital camera as part of the digital portion of the class, so I think I'll have plenty of images to use.

There's not really much to talk about this week, since my film didn't come out as well as expected. We also shot a lot of film this week, so there isn't much new to talk about in that respect until I can develop it and see how it turned out.

We did, however, learn how to better utilize our aperture settings on our cameras. My aperture on my digital camera is always set at 5.6, which is a larger aperture setting and allows more light to get through. Aperture is also connected to focus as well. For instance, if you're focused in on an object, that object will appear clear and everything around it, particularly the background, will be out of focus. Looking back on my past photos, I utilize this technique very often. However, if you're taking a wide-angle shot, the smaller aperture will still allow everything in the picture to remain in sharp focus. It was interesting to learn how to manipulate the aperture, though in general I think I'll keep the aperture at 5.6. There are still situations where this information will be useful. If I'm shooting on a particularly bright day, I can set the aperture at 16, a smaller aperture, which lets less light into the lens. Or if it's dark, I can set the aperture smaller than 5.6, to 4.0 perhaps, and let more light in. As I stated in one of my earlier posts, simply relying on changing the shutter speed to take pictures is a bad habit I picked up and utilizing more of the functions on my camera will widen my range.

Hopefully, I will be able to figure out my scanner by the time this class ends. Then I will be able to post some of the prints I've made and perhaps my photograms as well. Otherwise, I shall continue to post my digital prints and my photoshop efforts.

This week will be the last week of Jan Term. In class, we'll be doing photoshop on Monday and Tuesday and picking out our best images for our portfolios, and then Wednesday we'll be in the dark room all day, developing our last rolls of film and doing our last prints and picking prints for our portfolios. We'll see what I turn out.