I’ve extended the April homework assignment through the end of May. Have fun!
The March homework assignment worked out so well that I’m doing it again.
We all know that photos are static representations of the world– a moment frozen in time by the camera’s shutter. However, photos can also be dynamic, and show both split-second and slow changes.
This month’s homework assignment is both very simple and much harder than last month’s– capture something in motion. It can be a golf stroke, cars whizzing by, the blur of a bird’s wings, anything you choose, but I want to see some nice motion blur.
Like last month, the idea here is to plan the image before you capture it, not just shoot a bunch and hope you get lucky. You can use aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, or bulb modes at your discretion. Bulb mode isn’t something we’ve talked much about, but it’s really very simple– rather than using a fixed shutter speed, the shutter stays open for as long as you hold the button down. Bulb mode is typically used with a remote shutter release of some sort, so that you don’t shake the camera by pressing the shutter button. It’s most commonly used when you want exposures longer than 30 seconds. You probably won’t need it for this, but you can use it if you want to.
One thing to be aware of is that longer exposures are much easier than shorter ones, since it can be easier to get the timing right.
Upload your photo to a photo sharing site (I recommend Flickr but any one will do). Leave a comment on this message with the settings that you used, a link to your photo, and anything else you want to say about the image.
At the end of April 2008, I’ll pick one commenter at random and send them an 8×12 signed print from my flower porn collection. If at least 20 people submit entries, I’ll give away a second print to the submitter of the best image. You can enter more than once, but don’t get carried away.
Have a field day! This one should be fun.
Small print: void where prohibited by law. Anyone who clearly violates the spirit of the rules will be disqualified. Don’t put that in your mouth… you don’t know where it’s been. Please make sure your images are worksafe. You can post more than one photo, but you’ll only get one chance at the drawing. It must be a photo that you took specifically for this assignment, not something pulled out of the archives. Play nice. Judging is at my discretion, and is final. SSA might want to show your image in a future entry, but we don’t want any other rights to it– if we want to use it for anything else, we’ll play nice and ask for your permission first.