going deep


Try closing one eye and touching a very precise point somewhere in front of you like a button on your phone keypad. It’s very hard to do it accurately because without using both eyes we lose something called “spatial-awareness.” Try catching a ball with one eye shut and you can see why cyclopes are so bad at tennis.

Just like you were a moment ago with one eye closed, the camera is monocular (one eye) and the photographs they produce go one step further – they are 2-dimensional. This means that they flatten the world – they remove the 3D space (depth) and squash things into something completely new.

Can you think of other ways the camera can create images that we wouldn’t normally be able to see with the naked eye?


Use your photographic awesomeness to make images that are: close-up, shutter-blurred, frozen and that flatten the world.

Close-Up: Make something small appear very large by photographing it close-up — you might need to get really close here, as close as your device will let you and still focus (photographers call this macro photography).

Shutter Blur: Control your shutter speed to blur something that is in motion — the longer your shutter is open, the bigger the blur.


Freeze: Now, use your control of shutter speed to freeze something in motion.


Depth of Field: Use depth of field and focus (things that are sharp are “in focus;” blurry stuff in front or behind is “out of focus” – depth of field is everything that’s in focus, in your image) to make your subject stand out. Experiment with the distances between you and your subject as well as with your subject and its background.


Flattening the World: Use framing/composition to make things in the foreground (closest to the camera) and background (stuff furthest away) relate to each other.


#LevelAwesome: Use more than one of the above techniques in a single image. 


Doing and thinking tools suggestions are starting points for you to find ways of doing this activity.

We’ve used different apps for these techniques — most can be done with the bundled camera app but for things like shutter blur you might want to find alternatives like “Slow Camera Free” for example. Dig around and see if what you find is useful and let us all know what types of tools you end up using.
For android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flavionet.android.camera.lite
For iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/slow-camera-shutter-plus-pro/id564821699?mt=8



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pn-2-seeingtheunseenMy work will explore whether:

I am able to use more than two ways that the camera interprets the world to make images that are: close-up, shutter-blurred, frozen and that flatten the world.




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