Another assignment was our first film experience. We used our new knowledge of manual controls to shoot with SLRs instead of DSLRs. For part of this, we were able to go to the Cumberland Fair and shoot in an environment with many possibilities for interesting perspectives. We then learned how to develop black and white film. I never realized how much of a science photography is until we learned about the timing and which chemicals do what to the film. In the darkroom, we learned about filters, time tests, and more about f-stops. It was really enjoyable and I hope to do more with it in the future.
The last assignment was the abstract photography unit. I enjoyed these assignments because it allowed more experimentation with geometric shapes, fractured repetition, and hard lines. When we shot with DSLRs, we were also able to capture the way color was fractured and affected by light and shadows. The unit was open ended in a way that seemed to allow more space than usual for innovation in composition and artistic elements like movement. It forced us to learn more about perspective and how it changes objects to make them abstract.