This worksheet explores how to creatively photograph objects and will cover the basics of photography. All you need to do is pick up your camera or camera phone and get creative!
Half press the shutter of your camera to focus, then fully press (push down) the shutter to capture your photograph. It may not focus if your camera is too close to your object, check your image after you’ve taken it, if your focus box is red, you’re probably too close. You may also struggle focusing if it’s too dark, turn on the flash if this is an issue. Remember that your camera focuses on objects by differentiating objects, so if your object is in front of a similar colour background your camera will find it more difficult to focus e.g. grey ball in front of a grey background. For a camera phone, you can often click the object you want to be in focus on the screen.
The composition of your photograph is how you arrange the elements within your camera frame (screen or viewfinder). There are many different compositions you can use, below are a few examples.
When holding your camera or camera phone, make sure your elbows are bent, not straight out. This helps keep the camera stable, which will reduce the risk of your pictures turning out blurry.
Think about Out-of-Place Artefacts, repurposed products and objects and ways people might misinterpret your object in the future. Photograph your chosen object with a different purpose than it actually has. If you are in need of some more inspiration, research photographers that you are drawn to or like their style. Then create 6 to 12 final images of your object. Optional: You can the manipulate or decorate your printed images if you think it will help your idea and make your pictures more appealing.
Video tutorial by Sam Ivin to accompany this task - Password: Exhibit2020