There are a lot of areas where photography is
misunderstood by many people and these errors echo from one to another,
particularly through magazines. Take for example, the concept that
depth of field
is a third in front and two thirds behind, so focus a third into the
shot. This is not completely correct, it only applies when items are very
close, less than the hyperfocal distance, beyond that it's about 50/50 in
front and behind. As an experiment, photographing railings at different
distances will show this.
Here are a few tips to assist you in the
world of experimental photography.
When we experiment we want to tie down
as many variables as we can, so we are only changing, if we can, one
variable at a time.
If experimenting with lighting use
something that is stationary, i.e. a
rather than live models, or a still life.
Make a note of everything that you do, you won't remember it fully
Don't accept as gospel anything that you have not proven yourself.
Always look for exceptions to everything, so if it works at one setting try
others, this rules out chance combinations that work.
You can connect up many items, for
example non Nikon lenses to Nikon cameras,
electronic triggers to fire
cameras, and more, so keep an eye open for sources and information that
will assist with this. Add information you find to a scrapbook, or if you
feel a bit of a wizard or a witch you could call it a book of shadows and
include your experiments as well.
Develop aids as you
go, and collect aids
others have developed when you go on training courses. For example like
our three fold laminated EV Guide
which you can download, print and use.
Watch this online magazine for more projects and other information.
|But most of all do more
experimenting, play with lenses, look at
look at sloping back effects when using different lenses close to
buildings, look at effects you can produce by changing the
settings including to non standard settings, try to use everyday items
for other uses, look at
filters, again using them in imaginary ways, play with
lighting, fill flash, reflectors
and.... well just about everything.
Why not try to put aside a few days each
month just to experiment, to develop new skills and reinforce old ones.
What you will discover is that it follows the normal pattern of the circle
of knowledge the more you discover and know the more new areas you can
think of that justifies more experimenting or research.
The experience that you gain from
experimenting makes the difference between a person who has to constantly
ask for assistance and the person who can give it.
Photographing Snails - Project
Some useful contacts for
In order to connect an old lens of a
different make, or an enlarger lens or some other item to your camera it
helpful to have adaptors. You can find information on some, plus a
service to make what you need, at
have a range of other items for those of us who experiment, so take a
look or ask for their free catalogue.
To find the more usual items, such as stepping
rings to switch between filters, tripod heads, clamps and the like I would
suggest you start by looking at
have most other photographic and lighting accessories and a free
If you want
pinholes or even wooden pinhole cameras, or anything similar take a look at
some information we have on what is available, prices etc on
- further information.
Pinhole Photography Section
A pinhole for your DSLR
Pringle tube pinhole camera
Pinhole Kit MK3
Pinholes from the
- Further Information
Stanton Drew Stone Circle - Pinhole