Welcome to the blog site for Stan Strembicki's Digital Photo I class. Class assignments and notes for the semester will be posted here as well as student work.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Assignment #2

Assignment #2 Depth of Field & Focus

Depth of Field and Focus 

As you have learned in your lecture, depth of field is the area, from the near point to the far point, which will be in focus in your photograph.  This can be used in many ways to make your photograph have more impact, to isolate the subject from a distracting background or to give a photograph more apparent depth.  Just to review:

1.  Depth of field is directly related to the f stop which you use.  A small f stop like f 16 will give greater depth of field (more in focus), and a smaller f stop (like f 2.8) will make the depth of field shallower.

2.  When you want fairly accurate indications of depth of field, you should use the depth of field scale on you lens.

3.  Focusing on a subject close to the camera will give less depth of field than focusing on a subject farther away.


1.  Make at least 2 photographs which show shallow depth of field.  Remember to use a wide f stop (like f 2.8).

2.  Make at least 2 photographs to show great depth of field.  Use a smaller
f stop (like f 16)

3.  Use the remaining images to show subjects in background out of focus,
objects in foreground out of focus, and other variations of use of limited and expanded focus.

DUE September 17!

 Don’t forget, as you change the f stop, you must compensate the exposure by also changing the shutter speed.  In some cases, it will be too bright to use a open apeture like f 2.8, or too dark to use f 16.

by J.H. Lartigue

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Assignment #1

Assignment #1 Exposure Variation

In this assignment you will shoot a series of exposures and iso settings on your digital camera as follows:

1.  Set Colorspace to Adobe RGB
2.  Set Quality to RAW & jpg-large
3.  Set Mode to manual
4.  Now set ISO and expose images as follows:

-Shoot one subject at iso setting 100; 400; 800; 1600
-Shoot same subject at each iso at normal exposure, the one over and one under exposure

This then is what you'll end up with, 12 shots of each scene, shoot a total of 4 scenes for a grand total of 48 exposures.

This assignment is pass/fail, bring in one set of jpg images on a jump drive for in class review. Select best image for shoot and post on class blog.

                           Your fearless leader photographing on Bourbon Street.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Welcome to Stan Strembicki's Digital I Class!

This is the unofficial blog site for Professor Stan Strembicki's digital I class ART 1183 sec 03.

1. Exposure variation P/F
2. Motion & Focus
3. Street Photography/Decisive Moment
4. Environmental Portrait
5. Still Life
6. TA's Choice
7. Studio Portrait
8. Night Photography
9. Self Portrait

Here is some of the fine print for this class:

Final Portfolios:
You are expected to shoot images, perform all lab work, and final presentation. Students who use other students’ prints or files without attribution are guilty of cheating and will be referred to the Associate Dean for further action, and fail the class. Final portfolios consist of 15-20 matted or mounted prints, printed to your highest standards.  Portfolio may include assignments, may be thematic, or may just have 15 of your best images.  All prints should be ready for presentation.  All prints must be in something that resembles a folder or case.  No trash bags or loose prints please.  Label all mats on rear with your name and class.

Work will be graded in two parts, 1) craft and technique, which refer to camera handling skills, and print quality and 2) concept and creative solution to assignment problem.

Final grade comprised of the following guidelines:
                                                                        25% assignment
25% attendance and class participation
                                                                        50% final portfolio

Attendance policy:
Students are expected to attend all classes, in case of medical excuse, students are responsible for supplying documentation to faculty.  Excessive absence  (five unexcused) will result in lowering of grade, one letter and seven unexcused, failure of class entirely.  Students should plan on arriving to class on time. Excessive tardiness will result in a lowering of the final grade.

 Digital Etiquette:
This should go without saying, but let’s say it anyway: you should turn off your cell-phone and/or other devices (iPods, etc) before you enter the classroom. If your phone rings once during class this semester, we’ll all laugh and I’ll ask you to turn it off. If your phone rings again during class this semester, we’ll need to have a talk.
I understand that your phones connect you with your friends and family, but the classroom should be a place apart, however briefly, from the outside world. You will learn more, in short, if you can concentrate on the class while you’re in class. If you’re really into your phone to that extent, consider taking my class this spring 2013  “Cell Phones, Snapshots and the Social Network”, it’ll all be about the mobile device and making art.

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