1. What do the time-frames of the camera actually look like?
If you have a manual film camera, open the camera back (make sure there’s no film in the camera
first!) and look through the shutter as you press the shutter release.
What is the shortest duration in which your eyes can perceive a recognisable image in bright daylight?
Describe the experiment in your learning log.
2. Find a good viewpoint, perhaps fairly high up (an upstairs window might do) where you can see a wide view or panorama.
Start by looking at the things closest to you in the foreground.
Then pay attention to the details in the middle distance and, finally, the things towards the horizon.
Now try to see the whole landscape together, from the foreground to horizon (you can move your eyes).
Include the sky in your observation and try to see the whole visual field together, all in movement (there is always some movement).
When you’ve got it, raise your camera and take a picture. Add the picture and a description of the process to your learning log.
I don’t have a film camera so couldn’t do the first part of this exercise.
For the second part I went to Putney bridge and set my camera to shutter priority mode and did as described in the brief.
This exercise is to help get you used to observing.
In this photograph of the Thames from Putney bridge I did as described in the brief.
What I noticed once I got the image into post processing was the little things that I hadn’t noticed whilst taking the shot.
The most obvious was the sea-gull that I should’ve expected to be around water but just didn’t notice until afterwards.
It’s often the little things that make or break an image.
This reminds me of days at the rifle range and the watch and shoot exercises we did.
you’d be told a direction but not a distance, then when given the command “up” you had a couple of seconds to put two well-aimed shots on target.
It’s all designed to get you thinking and observing.
Observational skills can’t be taught, they can only be developed through practice.
I can only observe through my experience that people have a tendency to not look up.