I have finally complete my second module- Digital Photographic Practice. I have learnt a huge deal from this module, and feel that it has taught me invaluable information for my potential photography career. Prior to this course, I had no idea about many of the techniques I have been taught thus far, as I am a beginner to photography and DSLR cameras. Therefore I have learnt everything from scratch since beginning my first year with the OCA. Every module is a huge learning curve and DPP was no different. However, this module I have learnt the following;
– How to structure, plan and carry out a workflow in order to successfully complete a photo shoot with minimum problems.
– How to use a camera’s histogram to determine whether a scene is under or overexposed; leaning to the right of the graph illustrates over exposure, and to the left of the graph illustrates under exposure. Also I have learnt to determine when a scene contains highlight clipping.
– How to measure a high dynamic range scene’s exposure using spot metering, by either measuring a mid tone in the scene, or measuring the darkest and lightest points in the scene and selecting an exposure in between the two. Both these methods will result in a very accurate exposure.
– The requirements a scene must have in order to successfully convert to black and white in editing; including texture, a strong shape, and a good tonal range and the importance of keeping these in mind whilst shooting for black and white photos.
– The standard techniques of editing an image, such as; setting the black and white points, adding contrast through curves, removing colour cast, and removing flare.
– The importance of knowing my stance on photo manipulation, and deciding what I feel is an acceptable amount of editing for an image; I decided that I agreed with the process of enhancement in editing, but disagreed strongly with manipulation (unless used in clearly fictional situations i.e. book covers).
– How to plan, shoot and edit a portrait photo shoot successfully. This required bringing together all the techniques which I learnt thus far in this module.
– Lastly, I learnt a huge deal through my research into the following inspirational photographers and painters;
All of these amazing photographers and painters have given me vital compositional, lighting, editing, and style techniques which have been invaluable to improving my photography knowledge and skills .
Overall, this module has aided me in improving my camera and editing skills, as well as my overall theory in photography.
I have grown to love photography so much- it is my passion! I can only hope that one day I will become half as good as the professional photographer’s I’ve been studying. This was my favourite module so far on this course- and a big shout out goes to my tutor for all his help and support. So glad to finally be finished, and moving on to my last module of first year!