In my junior year (2016-2017), I joined a photography class in school to learn more technical aspects of photography such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Shutter speed is the length of time the lens is open to let light into the camera. While fast shutter speeds freeze action, slower shutter speeds will blur moving objects in a scene. Aperture refers to the size of the lens’s opening, which lets in the light for the camera. This aperture size is measured in f-stops. The higher the f-stop value, the smaller the aperture will be. Aperture has a direct correlation with depth of field, or the range of distance that is sharp. Using a wide aperture (small f-stop) causes a shallow depth of field. The focused subject will be sharp, but the background is mostly blurred. This helps make the subject conspicuous. On the other hand, using a narrow aperture (large f-stop) causes a deep depth of field. Most of the photo will be sharp. ISO determines how sensitive the digital sensor in the camera is to light. Higher ISO lets your camera be more sensitive to light, allowing one to use a quicker shutter speed. By using all 3 elements, one can create an amazing shot.

Additionally, I was introduced to Photoshop. The program enables a plethora of possibilities by letting one manipulate available light, colors, layers, etc.

My photography teacher, Mr. Foley, had a joyful disposition and gave us specific titled assignments such as Wood throughout the year. Although the scope of each assignment was specific, we had to manipulate and utilize the available surroundings in our pitifully barren campus. Portrait photography was possibly the hardest since most the students were in their classrooms and the photography class could not disturb them.

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