As part of a shooting exercise, our lecturer asked us to take pictures of the rugby fans in Cardiff on match day. I took dozens of pictures during the day and as it was so bright and sunny outside, it was difficult to get a good balance of light for the photos and I often had to adjust the settings for different angles.
The settings used were:
- F/9 – 1/320 sec – ISO 200
- F/9 – 1/320 sec – ISO 800
- F/7.1 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100
These pictures did not need an overly large aperture to get a deep depth of field, the images are clear and sharply focused which is aesthetically pleasing and makes for a better photograph. I love how the red stands out in the images, especially in the third picture where the red contrasts with the blue of the sky.
The first shooting exercise given was for a list of numerous composition techniques, a tester to see how much we know and what we would capture in the small space of time. Taken around Cardiff, the images appear to be an attempt at shallow depth of field. I knew nothing about aperture this day or which settings worked best.
The settings used were a mix of these:
- f/10 – 1/100 sec – ISO 400
- f/11 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800
- f/11 – 1/100 sec – ISO 100
- f/9 – 1/200 sec – ISO 800
I had only purchased my Nikon D3300 a week prior to this shoot, so I didn’t have much knowledge of the cameras settings. I switched between manual and auto-focus and these are the results I got. Although rather amateur they do have the desired effect of shallow depth of field to some extent.