give her a wide angle lens, stop it down and set it to hyperfocal.
A few weeks ago we were wandering around Glazier’s supermarket and ended up taking a couple photos at the greeting card aisle. In other related news, I can’t believe its been 3 years since we left Houston and celebrated valentines day eating packaged salad, sitting on the parking lot of Buc-ee’s.
When I took my first photo class ten years ago I had a 2.1 megapixel Nikon point and shoot. Even then it was out of date. However my professor, told me if I was willing to learn he was ready to teach whatever gear I had. With the low pixel count, and without the DOF control of an SLR … heck it had nothing better than just basic exposure compensation … it was a slow start for that class as I battled the limitations of the gear.
Like OTP, the class was a series of weekly assignments. After a couple months I finally found my groove. Everything came together when I realized that my best work came from getting an extreme angle (usually low), getting (very) close and getting a lot of shots. Maybe it was a glorified version of spray and pray but it led to some nice photos.
With this assignment I decided to revisit this #signature process, this time using my more hot new gear (the good old Nikon D40) and my contemporary subject (the toddler!) … and like Frank White’s photo class I’m turning in my contact sheets and a couple extra selects for your reviewing pleasure.
Postscript: While going through the photos, I was reminded of an even earlier class – my first architecture studio which also had a weekly drawing assignment. Like the photo class I also spent the first half of the semester flailing about but everything came together the midterm assignment “coat, desk, chair”. And surprise, it came together just as it did ten years later in that photo class … by getting low, getting close, and getting a lot of shots till I hit the final.