Introduction to Photography
Ted Hewitt, Instructor Photo 8
Read pp. 22-23 (Shutter Speed and Aperture); and pp. 186-187 (Time and Motion)
Purpose: Convey a sense of action or movement in a still photograph.
Method: Use different shutter speeds to accomplish different effects described in class.
A. Fast shutter speeds will freeze action in awkward or unusual postures.
B. Slow shutter speeds, in conjunction with a stationary camera, will cause the
moving object(s) to blur.
C. Panning, slow shutter speeds used while moving the camera in the direction
of the moving object tend to blur the background while keeping the moving
Assignment: Experiment with the different techniques summarized above.
Shoot a roll of film, using different shutter speeds to capture a feeling of action or
motion. (Don’t forget that when you change shutter speed, you must also adjust the
aperture to maintain equivalent exposure). Keep a record of the camera settings used for
each exposure for this assignment.
Turn in three (3) 8x10 enlargements of your best shots–one shot from each method
(A, B, and C). That is, two “panning” shots would not be acceptable (because both would
use method C).
The photos should also show good composition and lighting. Label each print with the
action category and the shutter speed and aperture used to take the photo.
Introduction to Photography Photo 8
Ted Hewitt, Instructor Spring 2012
Graded assignment Due: 05/08/2012 50 points
ASSIGNMENT COMMENTS: ACTION
NAME:____________________________ GRADE: _____ / 50
Method A (fast shutter) _____ / 10
_____ Image sharp, motion frozen
_____ Image not sharp
Method B (slow shutter) _____ / 10
_____ Non-moving areas sharp, moving areas blurred
_____ Non-moving areas blurred by camera shake
_____ Moving areas not well emphasized by blur
Method C (panning) _____ / 10
_____ Subject sharp, background and areas of high action blurred
_____ Action and not caught by camera pan or shows excessive blur
Prints: _____ / 15
_____ Show accurate camera / enlarger focus
_____ Show inaccurate camera / enlarger focus
_____ Overexposed (too light, lacking detail)
_____ Good tonal range and contrast
_____ Underexposed (too dark, muddy)
_____ Prints were labeled with action method, shutter speed and aperture
_____ Prints were not labeled with method, shutter speed and aperture
_____ Prints were labeled with some, but not all, information
Cleanliness of negative: _____ / 3
_____ Dust and/or lint on negative
Submission Envelope: _____ / 2
____ Correct envelope size
____ Incorrect envelope size and/or type
____ Submission information written correctly
____ Submission information written incorrectly or located incorrectly on