Project 1: The instrument – Exercise 1.1

Exercise 1.1
Take three or four exposures of the same scene. Don’t change anything on the
camera and keep the framing the same.
Preview the shots on the LCD screen. At first glance they look the same, but are
they? Perhaps a leaf moved with the wind, the light changed subtly, or the framing
changed almost imperceptibly to include one seemingly insignificant object and
exclude another. Time flows, the moment of each frame is different, and, as the
saying has it, ‘you can’t step into the same river twice’.
Now bring up the histogram on the preview screen. The histogram is a graphical
representation of exposure – the camera’s sensitivity to light. As you page through
the images you can see small variations in the histograms. Even though the pictures
look the same, the histogram data shows that in a matter of seconds the world
changes, and these subtle differences are recorded by the camera. If you refine the
test conditions – shooting on a tripod to fix the framing, moving indoors and closing
the curtains to exclude daylight – still the histogram changes. Probably some of
the changes are within the camera mechanism itself; still, the camera is a sensitive
enough instrument to record them.
Add the sequence to your learning log with the time info from your camera’s
shooting data as your first images for Part One.


All four images were taken a few seconds apart hand held in Auto mode. The images all look the same but the histogram does show that each image has small but perceivable differences due to factors like movement of the objects within the image, movement of the camera, changes in lighting conditions, changes in the way light hits the objects within the image and possible changes within the camera mechanism and electronics itself. This clearly proves that the camera sensor is incredibly sensitive to change, which is what a photographer needs to capture or freeze a moment in time with as much information that can be had.

Exercise1.1 Image 1Exercise1.1 Image 1 Histogram

Exercise 1.1: Image 1

Camera: Fujifilm X30

Date: 03/08/2016

Time: 18:22:27

35mm Equivalent FL: 28.4mm

Shooting Mode: Auto

ISO: 100

Aperture: f/2

Shutter Speed: 1/90s

Exercise1.1 Image 2

Exercise1.1 Image 2 Histogram

Exercise 1.1: Image 2

Camera: Fujifilm X30

Date: 03/08/2016

Time: 18:22:30

35mm Equivalent FL: 28.4mm

Shooting Mode: Auto

ISO: 100

Aperture: f/2

Shutter Speed: 1/105s

Exercise1.1 Image 3

Exercise1.1 Image 3 Histogram

Exercise 1.1: Image 3

Camera: Fujifilm X30

Date: 03/08/2016

Time: 18:22:37

35mm Equivalent FL: 28.4mm

Shooting Mode: Auto

ISO: 100

Aperture: f/2

Shutter Speed: 1/105s

Exercise1.1 Image 4

Exercise1.1 Image 4 Histogram

Exercise 1.1: Image 4

Camera: Fujifilm X30

Date: 03/08/2016

Time: 18:22:44

35mm Equivalent FL: 28.4mm

Shooting Mode: Auto

ISO: 100

Aperture: f/2

Shutter Speed: 1/105s

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