I really enjoyed this assignment as it is much easier to go into a shop and ask to take photos than choosing someone on the street to ask. On the other hand, I am slowly getting used to asking strangers if I can take their picture. Anyway, with the assigned “Environmental Photo Assignment” was a bit challenging, but fun. On day one, I play with light and color in different environments and various people.
Day Two, I realized that I needed just one more photo. For whatever reason, I decided to bring my camera with me to while I went grocery shopping. Upon entering the store I realized that the possibilities of taking an interesting environment photograph within the store were endless. Should I take a picture of a pharmacist, of an employee stocking the shelves? Or, a friendly customer who wouldn’t mind having his or her picture taken beside a row of canned goods or perhaps in front of magazine rack?
Fortunately, common sense and a yearning for cheesecake caused me to wander toward the Haggen bakery where I took my last environmental photo.
Did I learn anything new with this assignment. Oh yes!
1.) When prepping a photo I need to keep my small talk to a minimum as I tend to chatter when I am nervous which puts off my subject.
2.) Remember to flip the camera switch to the “ON” position before I take a photo.
3.) Allow my camera’s auto-focus to “focus” prior to taking a photo or series of photos.
4.) Experiment more with differing apertures and shutter speeds aka “becoming one with the camera.”
5.) Thoroughly read the class assignment instructions PRIOR to going out and taking photos.
6.) Learn the correct camera setting when taking a photo of a subject who seems to be surrounding in bright artificial light.
That is all for today. May the photographic force be with you all.