Photo Basics: Mastering the Technique (Brooke Snow Photography) Assignment 4

Composition in Every Day Life

As well as wanting to learn how to take good photos I also want to learn how to make great Macarons.  I had a baking session on the weekend.  I think photography will be better for my waistline!

I’m a big fan of a shallow depth of field.  The processor, the mix master and the carnage that is my cooking style don’t need to appear in the end photo.  So a close crop and shallow depth of field are the tools I used here to keep the star in focus.

Fresh out of the oven

ISO 250, 105mm, f3.5, 1/60 sec

Once they were assembled I put the macarons in a box I had received as a present.  Once again a shallow depth of field and close crop.  I think the box opening also acts as leading lines to the main macaron in the corner.  Looking at the photo now on the computer I should have used a plainer tablecloth as a backdrop.  But it’s too late for a reshoot – they were yum:)

Dressed Up

ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/800 sec

Photo Basics: Mastering the Technique (Brooke Snow Photography) Assignment 2

Shutter Speed and ISO

Letting Shutter Speed be the king of the Exposure Triangle was challenging – but fun.

Frozen Action

ISO 640, 105mm, f/3.0, 1/8000 sec


Water Balloons + 2 boys + water pistols = Wet laughs.

Implied Motion

ISO 100, 105mm, f/8.0, 1/10 sec

ISO 250, 100mm, f/22, 1/20sec

Panning is hard work.  I was practicing the panning action on the beach with Missy knowing that the background did not have enough texture or contrast.  But it was the best that I got – and you get the impression she is moving fast.  Do you want to know the worst bit?  It’s a long beach and she doesn’t come when she’s called*@#!!


Photo Basics: Mastering the Technique (Brooke Snow Photography) Assignment 1

The weather here is beautiful at the moment so it didn’t take too much effort to convince the boys (husband and son) to help me with my photography assignment.  We headed of to the park with D’s bike to do some speed trials on the beautiful lawns.

I’d been working on ‘visualising’ my ideas the night before and had a catalogue of images I wanted to capture.  I did pretty well on the whole but did find the Singular Theme – Near challenging.  My idea for this imagine was a focus on D’s plump little hand on the handlebar with the bell blurred in the background.  It was easier said than done keeping the short one still long enough to get the shot so that idea was abandoned.  We were having fun so I didn’t want to make it a chore.

So instead the Singular Theme – Near was taken at home in the garden.  H is much better at listening to instructions – a husband worth keeping:)

Storytelling Aperture

ISO 400, 18mm, f/22, 1/50s

Who Cares

ISO 400, 20mm, f/11, 1/125s

Singular Theme – Far

ISO 400, 21mm, f/5.0, 1/250s

Singular Theme – Near

ISO 200, 105mm, f/3.5, 1/400s