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Sisli Vocational High School in Istanbul, Turkey

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Assignment #1

Photo#1: Walking
Photo was taken with a big aperture, F1.2.
The purpose is to separate the subject from a busy background. It was taken from 20m away in order to show, to some extent, the environment (the library).
Since the subject was moving, the camera was set to AI Servo mode, relatively fast shutter speed (1/320s – as opposed to 1/100s which is my standard for a 85mm lens). ISO was relatively low (320 which is 1 stop higher than the native ISO of this camera (160)).
From a composition point of view, leading lines and repetition were used to draw viewer’s attention towards the subject.

Photo#2: Soccer
My goal in this shoot was to isolate the player from the spectators while showing other players as an environment. I had at my disposal two lenses: 135mm f2 and 300mm f4. 135mm was not long enough to fill up the frame (isolation) while f4 (the maximum opening on the 300mm) was shallow enough to blur the background.
Due to light limitation, I had to use a high ISO = 10 000, which is acceptable. The images are meant to be posted on my website and for relatively small prints.
For soccer games, I usually set the shutter speed no longer than 1/500s in order to freeze action, but I had to stay at 1/400s in order to keep native ISO for the camera (multiplication of 160). Noise reduction was used in Adobe Camera Raw. I usually go around 1/300s when I need to show the movement of the ball while maintaining sharpness of the player (which was used on other photos of that day).
From a composition point of view, I had to use the center focus point for maximum accuracy of AI servo mode. I would use the left focusing point if I had more light. That would give more sense of direction. The rule of third was partially achieved by the presence of other players.
Leading lines on the floor were accidental (I didn’t pay attention to them during the shoot)

Photo#3: Library
I chose a relatively deep F stop of 5.6 in this photo in order to achieve more subjects in focus.
I had to use a tripod and a long shutter speed of 1.3 sec. Since I shot from a higher vantage point and I didn’t have any subjects within intermediate vicinity 5.6 was deep enough, otherwise I would have used at least F11 and focused on the subjects in the middle.
Leading lines and repetition are present to draw viewer’s attention. Symmetry was used and as a result I focused using the center focusing point. Finally, lens correction was applied in post in order to achieve better vertical and horizontal lines being important aspect of architectural photography.
Manual white balance was mandatory due to unusual color temperature in the building. Lowest ISO was used to achieve least noise contrary to photo 1 and 2. This is possible thanks to the tripod.

Stephen J Sasson, born July 4th 1950 in Brooklyn New York, in as
American engineer and the inventor or digital camera.
His invention began in 1975 working for Eastman Kodak Company
The digital camera was patented in 1978 but received widespread
interest in 2001 when Steve Sasson received the Eastman Innovation
Award from Kodak and a local newspaper wrote about the camera.
It used a solid-state CCD image sensor (as opposed to CMOS censor). It
weighted 8 pounds, recorded black and white images to a cassette tape,
had a resolution of 0.01 megapixels (as opposed to 21 mpix today), and
took 23 seconds to capture its first image in December 1975.
The first commercially available digital camera was in 1990 Dycam
Model 1.
On November 17th, 2009, President Barak Obama awarded Sasson the
National Medal of Technology and Innovation. This is the highest honor
awarded by the US government to scientists, engineers and inventors.
In 2011 he was inducted into the inventors Hall of Fame.

The primary advantage of consumer level digital cameras versus film
cameras is that digital camera eliminates the need to purchase a film
and hence a huge saving as well as to take the same picture over and
over to the photographer’s satisfaction.
Next important advantage is the ability to look at the display at the back
of the camera to see if the exposure is right (including the histogram).
Next important step in image processing is tethering, which is basically
the ability to connect a digital camera to a computer, a specialized video
monitor, a tablet and even a cellphone.
Tethering can be achieved through a wire, using a USB or fire wire cable,
or a wireless device (802.11 specification), Bluetooth and a cellular
This gives tremendous opportunity to photographers to see the picture
taken live on a calibrated monitor, or even to send the picture remotely
to his office for fast processing and release and use.
Finally, an important step forward is the ability to store the images on
hard drives and DVD. Card reader is of a great assistance in the matter.

That was briefly the evolution of photo processing, and thank you very
much for your attention.

Mathew Brady

Matthew Brady was born in Warren County, in 1823

On the outbreak of the American Civil War there was a dramatic increase in the demand for work at
Brady’s studios as soldiers wanted to be photographed in uniform before going to the front-line. In
July, 1861 Brady and Alfred Waud, an artist working for Harper’s Weekly, travelled to the front-line and
witnessed Bull Run, the first major battle of the war. The battle was a disaster for the Union Army and
Brady came close to being captured by the enemy.

Soon after arriving back from the front Brady decided to make a photographic record of the American
Civil War. He sent Alexander Gardner, James Gardner, Timothy O’Sullivan, William Pywell, George
Barnard, and eighteen other men to travel throughout the country taking photographs of the war.
Each one had his own travelling darkroom so that that collodion plates could be processed on the spot.
This included Gardner’s famous President Lincoln on the Battlefield of Antietam and Home of a Rebel
Sharpshooter (1863).


During the Civil War, the process of taking photographs was complex and time-consuming. Two
photographers would arrive at a location. One would mix chemicals and pour them on a clean glass
plate. After the chemicals were given time to evaporate, the glass plate would be sensitized by being
immersed — in darkness — in a bath solution. Placed in a holder, the plate would then be inserted in
the camera, which had been positioned and focused by the other photographer. Exposure of the plate
and development of the photograph had to be completed within minutes; then the exposed plate was
rushed to the darkroom wagon for developing. Each fragile glass plate had to be treated with great care
after development — a difficult task on a battlefield.


The carte de visite photograph proved to be a very popular item during the American Civil War.
Soldiers, friends and family members would have a means of inexpensively obtaining photographs and
sending them to loved ones in small envelopes. Photos of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and other
celebrities of the era became an instant hit with the public. People were not only buying photographs of
themselves, but also photographs of celebrities


Mathew Brady

The American Civil War

Civil War Photography

Alexander Gardner

The wetplate Collodion process (video)

The wetplate Collodion process (not for beginners)