In photography there are a lot of different components that are responsible for creating the final finished piece. Every step of the way has a huge influence and the way these factors are interdependent is what makes photography such an exciting and creative process but it can also be daunting if you are just starting off.
In the next month I want to talk about one photographic term every day so that the end of the month you will have a bit more understanding of how things work photographically and also how they are all connected.
I will talk about basic things like exposure and shutter speed, ISO and scanning but also about stop motion and different creative processes.
When we talk about exposure in photography we talk about the amount of light hitting either the photographic film or sensor. This amount is determined by various factors like the shutter speed (the length of time that the shutter is open and allowing light to fall onto the film), aperture (how much does it open) and also how much light is there to begin with. At night, when there is a lot less light, the amount that falls on the film is therefore also diminished and therefore calls for a specific combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
Photography to me is always about balancing about all these factors in my mind. It is all about asking myself a lot of questions. What is the amount of light at the scene? What is that I would like to have in focus? What film am I choosing/ is already in the camera? A lot of those decisions are interconnected so it took a lot experimenting until I was able to use them all creatively.
Exposure is not only a technical term it also relates to a lot of creative processes. When we take one photograph we can call this an exposure. There are also multiple exposures (this refers to a second or even third exposures over the original first one) and long exposures (where you leave the shutter open for a long time). Images can be underexposed (therefore too dark) or overexposed (too "light") but I also use these two "flaws" to create an interesting photograph. Exposure I think is closely related to shutter speed which is also what makes this photo so interesting but I'll talk about shutter speed in a separate post so I won't get too much into detail about that.
The photo that I chose today is of an exposure that was slightly "too long". This leads to the blurring of the motion. This however is also what I like about it. I took this image over 8 years ago, so I have no idea if I took this intentionally like this, if I asked myself all these questions and wanted it to look like this. I don't think so. To me this looks like an accident. Like the first or second photo on the roll, where you just expose and transport without thinking too much about it. But I tend to like these "accidents" and imperfections. A lot of times I go for things like that where I choose to let accidents happen, where I on purpose don't answer all the questions in my mind. It takes experience though to realize what factors you need to pay attention to and which ones you can let slide a bit, intentionally or in this case unintentionally.
Also, I love that I have no idea who this blurry person is. If you feel you see yourself in this and remember me taking photos of you in Birmingham in 2009/2010, message me.