With great effort, I have made significant progress with my mentor, Ms. Gilder. This week, we mainly focused on photography than graphic design because it is more important to learn how to use a camera than editing it after on a computer. It had been an excellent experience for me and it felt magnificent to learn something that I am passionate about. This week, Ms. Gilder shown me a remarkable PowerPoint which guided me through the steps of using a camera and getting familiar with all the settings and compatibilities.
First, my mentor taught me the correct way to hold a camera to prevent from shaking too much. You must keep your elbows together against your chest and you need to keep your left hand under the lens, rather than on the sides. Keeps your legs open because the lower your center of gravity, the less you are going to move around. Always avoid leaning forward or backwards because you can easily lose your balance. Then, Ms. Gilder also shown me the reason why I need to shoot photo using RAW mode, which takes up more storage but has better quality and potential to edit after. We also went over focus, white balance, customs, shutter speed and so on. I indeed learnt a lot during the lesson and I planned to practice at home using my grandpa’s Canon camera.
What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far? Why?
To be honest, everything went super well this time and I truly learnt a lot about photo shooting and how to use a camera properly. The only thing that I might improve is asking more questions because therefore I can gain more useful information. I also need to pay attention to my e-mail because it is important to receive and reply an e-mail asap. Next time, Ms. Gilder and I are going to the studio at school and we are going to work on lighting and figure shooting. She mentioned that lighting is a key component that constructs the most important part of a professional photo.
What is working well? Why?
Everything turned out great on my previous lesson with Ms. Gilder. We touched many mechanicals in a camera and she also gave me specific instructions and examples to help me to understand better. I’ve learnt that the ISO is the control for the camera’s sensitivity to light. You really want to pay attention to the lighting in your picture which makes ISO a very significant control. Also, Ms. Gilder had shown me examples of pictures taken in different shutter speed. The shutter speed is how fast the camera captures the image, higher the shutter speed, darker the image will be because the camera isn’t letting any light to go in. Overall, it was a great experience and I’ve learnt a lot for sure.
What could be working better? How can you make sure this happens?
Ms. Gilder is an absolute expert in photography, which means she mostly will teach me about photography. In terms of graphic design, I always need to work on it in my spare time. I’ve found many useful online resources that helped me to comprehend different cool effects in photoshop cc. I need to set goals for myself and make sure I have a steady progress, therefore, my in-depth study will get better each week.
This picture shows pictures taken in a variety of shutter speeds, left to right from highest to lowest.
This picture shows different pictures taken with different ISO levels, as you can see, higher the ISO, brighter the picture.