Test/Practise Photography Portfolio

Shutter Speed


For this photograph I took a still of a bee mid flight. To do this, I set the camera to the highest shutter speed it had and turned the exposure down for a silhouette effect. The effect of the high shutter speed was that it meant I could capture the bee mid flight as they fly very fast, so the camera needed to be able to catch up and so high shutter speed was the most effective method. In addition to this a high shutter speed meant that the shape of the bee was sharp and in focus rather than blurry. I turned the exposure down which was effective as the silhouette created a deeper mood.

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For this photograph I took a photograph of a waterfall using slow shutter speed. I chose this because the effect of slow shutter speed on this image is that the water appears smoother and you can see each ripple and curve which creates a calming vibe.

Aperture/Depth of Field

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For this photograph I used a large aperture for a shallow depth of field image. I did this so that the flowers at the front were more in focus than the images in the back which makes the image look deeper. I also framed it so that biggest bunch of white flowers in the image fell in line with the rule of thirds.

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For this image I photographed the sea through silhouetted nature and also the colour of leaves. I set the camera to a small aperture and a deep depth of field so that the whole image would be in sharp focus. This turned out to be effective with the contrasting colours of the sea water and the leaves, and also the added effect of silhouetted nature.


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For this image I photographed the moon with a bird flying in front of it. Originally, the exposure level was a little bit darker but I turned it up so that the bird would stand out more against a lighter background. The effect was that the image would be calming to look at rather than the moon being very bright and harsh to the eye. In addition to this it meant that the colours of the moon craters would match the colour of the sky.

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For this photograph I turned the exposure of the camera down. I did this so that the moon stood out more and became a brighter central feature for the photograph, and in addition to this the effect was the light and darker colours contrasted.


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For this abstract image I zoomed in to a leaf to show the details of the veins. This was simple to do as it only required a zoom and getting the camera to focus. The effect of this image is that it is detailed and each vein has an in depth effect.


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