Assignment 1: Visual Nouns and Verbs


DUE: Next Wednesday (Feb. 1) in class


Now is the time to start practicing the concepts we learned in class.

Shooting in manual mode will allow you to understand the Exposure Triangle. Learning the Exposure Triangle will help you avoid over/under-exposed images, as well as blurry images caused by movement.

By using back-button focus, you can better control your point-of-focus and focus-tracking rather than letting the camera choose for you.

When covering the news, there is more at stake than when you are shooting snapshots of your friends and family. You might only get one chance to capture that key, storytelling moment.

Assignment criteria for credit:

  1. Shoot at least 100 frames showing visual nouns
  2. Shoot at least 100 frames showing visual verbs
  3. Shoot in manual mode (you select the aperture, shutter speed and ISO)
  4. Use back-button focus (practice both focus/recompose and focus tracking)
  5. (Those with university T6i camera kits, please use the Tamron lens for this assignment)

Next week, bring to class:

  1. Your memory card with the pictures you shot to class next Wed.
  2. A card reader
  3. A clean (empty and formatted) storage device (a large capacity USB 3.0 jump drive or an external hard drive) to class

NOTE: Remember, if you checked out a university camera kit, you will need to return it by Friday because of the 5-day reservation limit. If you want more time to complete your assignment (most probably will), make another online reservation for the weekend or for Mon-Tues. You can go ahead and do this now. You will still have to stop by the Equipment Room Friday, even if you are reserving the same kit. If you have any questions about this, you can contact me, but the people in the Equipment Room can probably better answer your questions directly.

You can shoot anything, really. Soon, your choices of subject will be important, but for now, I want you to concentrate on becoming familiar with your camera and learning the basics of exposure and autofocus. So have fun with this!

Carry your camera with you wherever you go. That way, if you see anything that interests you, go ahead and make pictures. Trust me, you really don’t want to try and complete this assignment the day before class. Give yourself plenty of time to make mistakes (and you will!) and correct them.

And, again, keep shooting until you achieve correct exposure and focus before you move on to your next subject.

If you run into some problems, contact me right away. You can even text or call me. I can’t promise to respond right away, but I will as soon as I can.

Like I said, have fun with this, and I’ll see you next week.


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