First day of Intro to Digital Photography and already the students are happy to be models for yours truly, Perry Heller. Real-life example here of the Shallow Depth of field effect, using a 50mm lens set to f4.0. Front to back: Anna Berger, Amanda Giddens, Owen White, and Sophie Pierce. Looking good y’all! I’m ALWAYS a sucker for backlighting!! Love it!


Akilah McCullum looks bewildered at her LCD screen, and wonders why no image preview appears… as friend and classmate, Kesha Medina does her the favor of kindly removing her lens cap!

Akilah, despite her embarrassment, is able to laugh it off – thank goodness. Where would we be on the first day of photo class without a bit of humility and humor?!

Sophie Pierce disassembling and so delicately reassembling her Canon Rebel with her swanky new 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 lens. After our first day in class, now we all know what f3.5/5.6 means!DigitalPhotography_7243


Hmmm – seems like someone snuck a photo of ME with my own camera – the composition can use a bit of work, and the horizon is tilted, and there’s too much negative space above my head, and y’know you’ve GOT to be careful about using wide lenses and having close-to-the-camera subjects, because it will distort those close subjects, making them appear a tad bit out of scale – (Told you there’s be critiques!) Based on the perspective, I’d author this image to Heather Cullen, but I could be wrong…could be Cat Jones. On a positive note, I must admit that I do like the moment that was captured here – with Amanda Giddens enjoying something about her camera and everyone looking on. Plus, I like my own pose – though I’d prefer BOTH shirt tails hanging out beneath my sweater – why didn’t anyone tell me only half of my button down was showing? I’m trying to be fashionable here people! Beautiful lighting and wonderful lens flare, too – nice angelic effect caused by “wrap”.


This photo of Cat Jones must have been taken by Heather Cullen for sure! I assume it was photographed before I explained that the autofocus button on my camera has been customized to be not in the usual place – hence the extremely out of focus image. Despite the excessive head space though, it is a pleasing composition in my opinion – excellent use of the rule of thirds!




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