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Finger Painting
Creative PhotograP hy Lab
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LAB
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Photography is like
cooking; the final
result is the interac-
tion of all the
ingredients. So what
do you put into your
shots? In this lab, we
will use a small round
window to isolate a
few simple ingredi-
ents and create our
own little world.
This exercise made
me zoom in on little
things, find a new
perspective,” wrote
online student
Kerstin Kumpe.
ash off
PAS: Landscape mode
usually works best.
DSLR: Use manual mode and
set your exposure based on
the reading you get before
holding up your window.
smartphone: Photographing
people this way can be a
hilarious exercise. You may
have to practice shooting
one-handed with your phone
before you start chasing
people around.
You gotta be able to
change worlds.”
—Courtney Love
1. Cut a round hole about the size of
a ping-pong ball in an 8 3 10 inch
(20 3 25 cm) piece of stiff paper or
cardboard. Use any color paper you
want; effects will vary.
2. Go out into the world and practice
framing shots with your round
window. When you see something
you like, take a shot through the
hole—simple as that.
3. Vary the distance from the paper
to the camera for different framing
and effects.
4. Keep some of the paper in every shot.
Let’s Go!
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Creative PhotograP hy Lab
Head Like a Hole
1. Cut a round hole about the size of
a ping-pong ball in an 8 3 10 inch
(20 3 25 cm) piece of stiff paper or
cardboard. Use any color paper you
want; effects will vary.
2. Go out into the world and practice
framing shots with your round
window. When you see something
you like, take a shot through the
hole—simple as that.
3. Vary the distance from the paper
to the camera for different framing
and effects.
4. Keep some of the paper in every shot.
Tips
Two challenges will be focus and exposure because the camera will incorporate the paper
into its calculations. You want only what is in the hole to be focused and metered.
To get focus right, make sure the focus point (little ashing square) is on the subject and not
on the paper. If you have face-detection or multiple-point focus, turn it off.
Correct exposure will depend on whether your paper is lighter or darker than the scene.
It might require overexposing by a stop for white paper or underexposing a stop for black
paper. Use exposure compensation.
Valérie Astier used a translucent paper for this beautiful shot.
Let’s Go!
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