5 pts. Put the following elements together into a post. Use the category “quiz”.

Each of the first three questions is worth one point – .5pt for the photo and .5pt for the description.

1. 1 pt. Take and add to the post a photograph that clearly shows motion blur. Describe the factors that control motion blur in photography. what did you need to do to capture motion blur in your photo.

2. 1 pt. Take and add to the post a photograph that clearly shows shallow depth of field. Describe the factors that control depth of field in photography and specifically how you were able to get shallow depth of field working with your camera.

3. 1 pts. Use global adjustments to make this photo look as good as possible. Include in the post below the corrected photo a list of each adjustment made.

Downtown Brooklyn








4. 2 pts. In a paragraph, compare and contrast these two photographs of Samuel Jackson. Make four points of comparison using the composition terms and or portrait lighting styles discussed this semester. (No credit will be given for observations such as one is in black and white and one is in color as this observation does not use any of the compositional principals or lighting styles discussed in this class.)

Photographer: Timothy Greenfield-Saunders

Photographer: Matthew Jordan Smith

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Spring 2020

Congratulations on making it to the end of a very difficult semester. You all deserve recognition for doing your best in very hard times.

Photo by Kendra Kuo

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Here is the link to the review for the quiz on May 22.

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May 8 – Week 12 – Digital Darkroom Review, Local Corrections, and B/W

To all we will start with a review of the Lightroom workflow covered on March 20th.


Then look at local corrections:


And lastly, try several of Lightroom’s methods for converting images to B/W:


Next week, May 15th is an optional class. It is not required. Due to the pandemic, our class lost two sessions and this will be an optional make up. We will review the semester in preparation for the quiz on May 22. We will look at and give feedback on each student’s final project.

Final projects are due May 22.

The second group of 30 photos are due May 15th whether or not you choose to attend the class that day. This is so I have time to offer feedback on your images before you present on May 22.

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May 1 Agenda and semester schedule

Today we will consider the fundamentals of food photography.

There will be three exercises:

Fill or Brightening the Shadows


Depth of Field


Background Matters


The Final Project



May 8 – Final Project support and Digital Darkroom

May 15 – Unofficial class meeting – Final Project support and semester review

May 22 – Quiz and Final Project Presentations

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April 24 Class Agenda

Today’s topic is Portraits-Making People Look Good


There will be three exercises:




And the homework is:



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Quiz – Clemson Brown

  1. Motion blur is caused when an object is captured during movement. In other terms, it is the sequence of moving frames. In order to capture motion blur, you need to have a slow shutter speed for camera stability


2. For depth of field, I took a picture of the object in the middle of the counter to create distance between the object and the camera. I created a focal point onto the object of the image and created distance from the lens. The factors that go into creating depth of field are distance, aperture, and focal length.



List of edits:

4. In terms of composition, Mather Jordan Smith uses methods such as Figure to Ground and Leading Lines. the lines on Samuel Jackson’s suit seems to help the eye of the viewer in directional leading. The greyscaled color in the background seems to imply a sense of the relationship between the figure and the background. There is also diffused light within the photo. In the second photo, Timothy Greenfield-Saunders uses the composition technique known as framing. The frame in which Samuel Jackson presents himself shows the information that he appears to be very wealthy in accessories. The post presented by Samuel helps convey the information within the image, including the composition created by the photographer. The photo also appears to be an example of short light.

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#1:This is the example of motion blur. To shoot a motion blur photo, we need to set up a slow shutter speed such as 1/30 to 1/100 while the object is fast moving.And if we close to the object, it will appear blurrier.

#2:This is the example of shallow depth of field. We need to zoom in to close to the object for getting focus on it. And there need some distance between the object and the background to make the background shadow.


#4: Both two photo are the center composition which helps stand clear as a portrait. For Matthew Jordan Smith’s, he used front light. Foe Timothy Greenfield-Saunders’s, he used the light between front and right side. I think they both used diffused light because there is no sharp shadow.

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Final Quiz

The shutter speed setting affects the way we capture motion. Motion blur is when the subject is in motion and when captured on camera there appears streaks of color/light or the subject becomes almost nonexistent. This can be done by having long exposure. Another factor that can influence motion blur is distance from the camera. In this photo, the subject is closer to the camera which makes it appear blurrier as well.

Factors that can affect depth of field are the focal length, the distance from the subject to the camera and Aperture. In this photo by getting close to the subject which are the fruit, I focused on the red apple closest to the camera. The surrounding fruits become out of focus the farther away from the camera they are.

3. Before

Exposure: +0.73

Contrast: +52

Highlights: +14

Shadows: +45

Whites: -100

Blacks: +100

Saturation: +16

Clarity: +13

Dehaze: +32

4. In both photographs of Samuel Jackson, the angle seems to be at eye level. He is positioned face forward to the camera looking at us. In Matthew’s photo, it looks like front lighting so there aren’t much shadows on his face. Whereas in Timothy’s photo, it looks like Rembrandt lighting because the light appears onto partial of his face; 45 degrees. So there are some shadows created and a small triangle can be seen on his right side. In Timothy’s photo, he is much closer to the subject so we see more of Samuel Jackson and not the background. In Matthew’s photo, it feels like an equal balance between subject and background. In both photos, Samuel appears to be standing slightly off center, but not enough to be rule of thirds. So it makes me think of symmetry, and using the dominant eye technique.

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Final Quiz

1. We can capture the motion blur By decreasing the camera shutter speed, use a smaller aperture, use the shutter priority mode, reduce the ISO setting and stabilize the camera.
However, since I didn’t use a camera to capture the motion blur, I used my phone camera and it have effect called Long Exposure. It works same as the motion blur in a camera. It capture the movement of the subject.

2. We can capture the shallow depth of field in a camera, first, positioning of the subject. It supposed to be far away from the background. Then, Select aperture priority mode from the camera wheel mode. control the focus from the lenses wheel.  Again since I don’t have a camera I used my phone camera. In the camera sitting there is something called Portrait.     I placed my subject away from my phone and tapped on it from my screen to identify my subject.

3. I used Adobe Lightroom global adjustments to make this photo look as good as possible.
light: exposure +1.11  contrasts 0  highlights +17  shadows -11   Whites -60  blacks +10. Color: Temp -7  Vibrance +4   Saturation -4. Effects: texture +19  clarity +12  Dehaze  +6

4. compare and contrast these two photographs of Samuel Jackson:

both photographies had direct lighting in a studio, and negative space.

-The photography by Matthew Jordan Smith: butterfly lighting this light placed in front of the person and higher than.

-the photography by Timothy Greenfield-Saunders: loop lighting

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1. for motion blur, i took this picture from inside the car while it was moving but i had to stay very still in order for my picture to not be distorted and also so that i can capture the cars moving outside. the yellow and red lights are fast moving cars coming from the opposite direction. important factors to capture motion blur are, shutter speed, lighting, and camera stability.


2. for shallow of depth, i photographed these flowers because the focus is on the flowers in the front it creates depth. Three main factors that will affect how you control the depth of field of your images are aperture, distance from the subject to the camera, and focal length of the lens on your camera.



contrast: 18

hue: 9

saturation: 15

exposure: +0.30

offset: -0.0114

4. the two pictures of Samuel Jackson are different in terms of lighting, styles, mood and expressions. the lighting in second one is coming from the right side which is creating a shadow in the left side of his face as compared to the first one which is black and white. the mood is different and that is caused by of course the style and lighting in the pictures but also the expressions and the attitude of Samuel Jackson which makes the both images very different from each other and creates a whole new mood for each.

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I set the Camera at 0″5 to get catch a nice smooth motion and also a special effect on the object where the object looks transparent. To get the shot, i rolled the object from left to right while the camera is capturing images.


To get a nice blur in the background, I set the camera on portrait mode and I also used a macro lens.  The focus point was on the camera lens, making the background blurry; creating a nice shallow depth of field.


Exposure: +.96
Contrast:   -100
Shadows:  +36
Whites:     +100
Blacks:      -41
Texture:    -100

4) There are many differences between the two photos.  The photo on the left uses black and white to set an angry mood of the model.  The model presents a fierce and angry look and it is strengthen by his crossed arm and it goes well with the black and white setting.  The lighting was set at the front, and it gives more details and also a focus to his face.  His shoulders are tense and it doesn’t look like he is comfortable.
The photo on the right is very different.  There is color on this photo and its setting a nice calm mood.  To complement the mood, the photographer uses a soft light from the right, giving more depth of the model, the light also gives the model a smooth texture.  The model does not appear to be angry because of his body gesture.  His shoulder is lower, meaning he is calm and comfortable.  He is also holding his glasses and his belt, showing he is relax.




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Bryan Rodriguez Quiz

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For this motion blur, I used a toy car to create a motion of speed. To capture this, I had to stay as still as possible, so that the only blur seen was that of the moving car. Other parts of the photo would have come out blurry if I weren’t still, and would have ruined the motion blur.



I angled my camera to control the depth and focused it on the front shell causing the back shell to become blurred creating shallow depth of field.


  • Exposure: +2.62
  • Contrast: -100
  • Highlight: -100
  • Shadows: =31
  • Blacks: -48
  • Vibrance: +57
  • Texture: +21
  • Clarity: +21
  • Dehaze: +0

4. The two Samuel Jackson pictures are different visuals and have different techniques and styles. The first one of Jackson is a b&w picture with a different facial expression and attitude compared to the right. The light in both pictures is diffused and gives off some shadow in the first photograph. The second color picture is visual closer and becomes more personal to the viewer. The second picture follows the dominant eye technique.


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Quiz Manuel Razuri

1. The factors that control motion blur in photography are the decrease of shutter speed, smaller aperture, reducing ISO setting, lighting, and finally camera stability. Above all else the most important factor for capturing motion blur is shutter speed for example a fast shutter speed will freeze motion, while a slower shutter speed will cause the subject to blur.

2. The most important factors in photography the affect depth of field are aperture, camera to subject distance, and focal length for me specifically I had to get real close to my subject in order to create the affect of shallow depth of field.



4.In the two pictures of Samuel Jackson the one in color you can see the photographer was using split light for this picture because it shows his face in two equal halves. For the picture in black and white the photographer was using butterfly light. so that the subjects face is well lit. In the photograph with color the photographer is using the technique leading lines he is using arm of the glasses to have the viewer lead his eyesight to the face of the subject. And finally for both pictures the photographers used centered composition in order to have the main subject be the center of the frame.


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1.  This is an example of an image motion blur. In photography it’s the purposeful streaking or blurring of an object in motion in a photo for visual effect. The technique is beautiful when capturing movement in a still image. What I did for the blur was taking a piece of tissue and waving back and forth as I remained still with my right hand and phone in hand, left the background for dramatic effect.


2.  An example of shallow depth of field. In photography a shallow depth of field means that only one part of the image will remain in focus. Your main subject will be in a sharp focus against an attractive blurry background. In this case I used the hand sanitizer as my main focus and everything behind it isn’t in focus at all creating my shallow depth of field.



3. Here are my global corrections

Exposure (+0.68), Contrast (-40), Shadows (+45), Whites (+89), Saturation (+21), and Texture (+39)

4. In these two images there’s a main focus which would obviously be Samuel L Jackson. However there is some similarities as well as some differences in both images. In both of these portraits you can see that both of their dominant side is towards they’re left ear which shows Short light where one side has more light than the other. Furthermore in the second image there’s an example of Rembrandt Light. In the second image it’s an example of also split light because it shows His face in two complete equal halves. The image on the left can possibly show a figure to ground just because of the black and white the background is lighter than the figure due to his clothes which shows a greater value and visual.

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Quiz Dominique J


For this photo, I took a scarf and put it in front of the fan to create motion blur. In order to capture  this, I had to remain as still as possible so that the only blur seen is that of the scarf moving. If I wasn’t still, other parts of the photo would have came out blurry and would have ruined the motion blur.


For this photo, I took some shells that I had and laid them out in a line. To control the depth, I angled my camera and focused it on the front shell causing the back shell to be blurred creating shallow depth of field.


Original Corrected

  • Exposure: +2.22
  • Contrast: -41
  • Highlight: +19
  • Shadows: +1
  • Blacks: -36
  • Vibrance: +21
  • Texture: +24
  • Clarity: +34
  • Dehaze: +5

4. These two photos of Samuel Jackson are very different. In the black & white one, Samuel is standing in front of a dark background while the light in shining in his face. The lighting used is butterfly light which is bringing emphasis to the tough guy expression on his face. All these elements together make the photo feel very serious. In contrast, the other photo has a very light feeling. Samuel is standing against a white background with the light facing one side of him. This lighting is called Remebrant light. These elements along with the calm look on his face makes the photo feel more relaxed.

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