Computer Graphics/Digital Photography Assignments

Mrs. Michele Sherrill
Semester 1 of the 2016-17 School Year
Fine Arts/Performing Arts
In this class, students will learn to use digital cameras, manipulating the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure modes and other settings to achieve a desired result.  They will also use Adobe Photoshop, both to manipulate photographs and to create original artwork; Adobe Illustrator to create vector artwork, InDesign, for desktop publishing, and they will be introduced to Flash animation.

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  1. . Depth of field

These articles will help you understand depth of field. length-and-focus-control-whats-sharp/

Take two photographs of the same subject, trying to get two different depth of fields. If you are outside, set the ISO to 400. Inside, you may need it higher. Shoot in aperture priority mode  (Av). Remember that a larger number corresponds to a smaller aperture (opening), which gives  you MORE depth of field. A large aperture (ie, 5.6) gives you a narrow range of focus.

 First go for shallow depth of field. Zoom out to the longest focal length of the lens, which is  55mm. Set the aperture on f5.6 (the widest aperture at 55mm) and take note of what the camera sets the shutter speed at. Make sure it is not below 60th of a second. Get in close to  your subject. Then shoot the same subject with a good depth of field. Put your lens at 18  (the widest lens mm on your lens). Set your aperture at f16, and take note of what the camera sets the shutter speed at. If it is below 60th of a second, open up the aperture to f11. You may want to step back if you are very close to your subject.

Do this several times. Submit your 2 best pairs of photos, named “Your name.deep1” and “Yourname.shallow1” etc.



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  1. Capturing motion

Take action photos inside or outside in lower light trying to capture Motion Blur.  Shoot in shutter priority  mode and make sure your shutter speed is 1/60th or below for more blur. Rest your camera on a solid surface to keep it still and make sure stationary objects are not blurred, or move the camera to follow your subject’s movement to get background blur.

Submit your 3 best shots, named “yourname.blur1” etc.




  1. Freezing action

    For the next two assignments, read these articles about capturing motion in photography.


Take photos outside that capture Sharp Action. Set your ISO to 400. Shoot in shutter priority  mode (Tv). Make sure your shutter speed is above 125th of a second. Take several photos of something or someone moving.

Submit your 3 best shots, named “yourname.action1” etc.





  1. Black and white portraits

Set your camera to Monochrome: While the camera is in one of the creative modes (M, Av, Tv, or P), use the main dial to select the 2nd tab from the left. Scroll down to “Picture Style,” then select “Monochrome.” Don’t forget to click “Set.”

Pose your subject against a simple background, preferably solid white or black. Focus on their most interesting feature. Don’t be afraid to shoot at an unusual angle, or cut off the picture in an unusual way if it adds interest.

Rename your pictures “your name.portrait1” etc. Submit your 3 best pictures