“I Learned” Thursday
I learned… that I’ve really learned a lot about photography!
Let me explain. The other day, I was cleaning out my desk, and I came across my binder from my college photography course taken my freshman year of college (Spring 2003 semester). I opened it up and began paging through my inserts of negatives (we used B&W film and developed it ourselves!), the course syllabus, my pages of notes (more about that in a second…), and came across my first test. I almost fell over when I saw it. I had gotten a 73 on a photography test! I FAILED a photography test! You are talking about someone who almost re-took a psych class just because she got a B in it and it would ruin her 4.0 average. I started cracking up when I read the questions on the test–I clearly didn’t understand the whole aperture buisness…and the technicalities of Photoshop? Forget it! I couldn’t even “List three of the selection tools” (question number 13).
After I got done laughing at myself over the test, I went back to look at my notes. No wonder I failed. On the day we learned about Depth of Field, my notes read as follows:
“High numbered apertures focus close and give you a shallow dof.”
“Low numbered apertures focus all the way and give you deep dof.”
On the back side of the page, I also have the following examples:
“If you want to keep everything sharp, use f/2 (a low f stop). If you want to throw the background out of focus, use f/16 (a high f stop).”
At least I was consistently wrong…
I guess all my doodles around the edge of the page and notes back and forth with my roommate (who was also in the class) on the bottom of the page didn’t help my failing grade. Or did the instructor just give us incorrect information? Your guess is as good as mine…
So onto today’s picture. Here’s my test. With the ill-fated 73, some of my negatives from the class, the page of notes with the bad information on them, and a bunch of my failed attempts at photos around the edges. It was nice to go back and look at this stuff, because it really shows me how far I’ve come.
I can tell you with confidence that my aperture was set at f/5.6, I raised my ISO to 400, and my shutter speed was 1/40 sec. I did a little editing in picasa so that just the grade of my test remained in color and everything else was b&w. I also kept the grade in focus, and gently blurred everything else out (so you couldn’t read my bad notes…haha).