Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Congrats to Phil on ShakesStock!

Professors explore Shakespearean acting through multimedia
WAUKESHA, WIS.—An interdisciplinary duo of Carroll University faculty have embraced the digital humanities in an innovative project that will help students of Shakespeare explore the nature of acting.

Philip Krejcarek, professor of art, specializes in the study and practice of fine art photography. John Garrison, assistant professor of English, is a scholar of Renaissance literature. Together they spent summer 2013 visiting theater companies around Wisconsin to document how actors bring Shakespearean characters to life on the outdoor stage.

Krejcarek and Garrison became interested in Wisconsin summer theater because, in many ways, it replicates the basic conditions of theaters in the Elizabethan era. "Performing outdoors and with limited props, these theater companies excite audiences with the immediacy of the theater that might very well have been experienced by audience members in Shakespeare's time," Garrison explained. Wisconsin is home to three such companies that focus almost exclusively on Shakespeare – Optimist Theatre in Milwaukee, American Players Theatre in Spring Green and Door Shakespeare in Baileys Harbor....

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Some Helpful Hints to Photograph Flowers

Phil has covered these topics in the seminars, but I thought some of you would enjoy reviewing again and going out to practice. Remember to post your photos to to the blog afterwards!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Lesson 2013

Monday Lesson 2012 (topics to be expanded on as the week continues)

Image Quality:
  • The image quality is indicated in megapixels.
  • This number is determined by multiplying the number of pixels in the height of the image by the number of pixels in the width.
  • Always set the camera for the highest quality.  (L for Large or Fine and we recommend that you pick the Large choice that is the smooth curve because that will be even less pixelated.  To find this setting go to your Menu and "Quality" or "Image Quality" should be one of your options.)
ISO Setting:
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Low Light Example
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Grainy Factor
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  • The ISO number indicates how quickly the sensor will react to the lighting.
  • When the ISO setting is lower (100), more light is necessary with a longer exposure.
  • When the ISO setting is higher (1600), less light is necessary with a shorter exposure.  As the ISO number increases, the image will appear more "grainy" or "noisy".
 White Balance:

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  •  White balance should be adjusted so that you get the most accurate colors for your environment as possible.  Different kids of lights have different colors and you need to compensate for those variables in your photography.

Exposure Modes:
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  • TV (time variable)  Stopping motion or blurring motion is best done using the TV mode.
    • Stop Action (fast shutter speed ex: 1/800)
    • Blurred Motion (slow shutter speed ex)1/5)
  • AV (aperture)  This controls your depth of field
  • Manual -You adjust the shutter speed and f-stop
  • The B setting (bulb) is located in the M mode after the longest shutter speed.  The shutter will stay open as long as the shutter release button is held down.  This setting is used for time exposures.
 Shutter speeds - The length of time the shutter is open. 
  • 1/1000 1/500  1/250  1/125   1/60
  • 1/30   1/15  1/8  1/4  1/2  1"  2" 4"  8"  15"  30"  B
  • A tripod should be used when the shutter speed is a smaller number than the focal length of the lens.  For example, 50mm lens should not use a shutter speed slower than a 1/60 to prevent camera motion.
Aperture - The diameter of the lens opening.  This is measured in f-stops.

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  • f22  f16  f11  f8  f5.6  f4  f2.8  f2  f1.4
  • The larger the f-stop number, the smaller the opening.  On digital cameras there are also "half" settings for both the shutter speeds and f-stops.
  • The smaller the number is the shorter your depth-of-field is.  As in, you will focus closer to the camera.  The larger the number the further your depth-of-field is.  As in, you will focus further away from your camera.
Exposure Compensation:
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  • You want to set your exposure to the middle (o) or even a couple stops below.  Generally it is better to be slightly underexposed than risk being over exposed and losing data.  You can lighten up dark areas but you cannot darken up white. The goal is to have detail in the white areas as well.
 Uploading your pictures to your camera:
  • There can be a cord that goes from your camera to your computer.
  • There can use a card reader
  • When you connect your camera or card to your computer you will often see a prompt that says "open files in folder".
  • You can click this and you will see all of your images
  • You can click "Edit" - "Select All" - "Copy" and then open your desktop folder and hit "Edit" - "Paste".  
  • Your pictures will now be on your desktop 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stanley arrived at my doorstep during the last photography class at Björklunden and just in time to come along on a camping trip in central Wisconsin.  Although he was not a very good paddler in the canoe, he was the only one of us who did not get eaten alive by the invasion of mosquitoes.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Few Noodles

During the first week of Björklunden Digital Photography, students were each given a Noodle to photograph.  Here are a few of their results.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Bud Bartlet's Stanley Photos

Bud Bartelt asked me to post his Stanley photos for him. We're glad to see Stanley is still making the rounds. Whoever has him, please bring him back to the July class or send him to Phil or me to bring along!  Also, when you're posting to the blog, please remember to sign your name in the post. Names aren't coming through on the posts and you're not getting credit for your photos!

Thanks everyone!!!  Karen

Some pet lover-I'm starving

I hope I find food and water soon!

Sunday, June 2, 2013