Untitled Recording 02/06/2013

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J: Hey, I can't hear you.

[Phone rings]

L: Can you hear me now.

J: Okay yeah I can hear you now.

L: Alright, I need to talk to dad.

J: Ok hold on. David. David!

L: Can you put the computer in the kitchen? Is the kitchen available?

J: Well, he’ll sit on the couch and he’ll just have the the curtain behind him.

L: I guess. Its not ideal...

J: Okay. This will be your screen. You need to be in the middle of it.  

D: I need to be in the middle of it?

L: Alright. Can you hear me?

D: Yes.

L: Alright hold on. one second. Alright umm... I just wanted to go over some camera stuff with you. Do you have the camera hand by any chance?

D: Yeah

L: Okay, so...The controls on this camera are for the most part the same on your camera. That looks pretty much the same right?

D: Yeah

L: Okay. Umm... So I want you to shoot on manual for almost everything. Okay so on the knob on the top I want you to turn it to manual.

D: Which one is manual?

L: Its the one that says "M."

D: I'm going to have to get my glasses, Julie. Oh there it is. Okay.

L: Okay uhh... the camera is on and everything?

D: Yeah.  

L: Theres only three things you have to mess with: ISO, shutter speed,  and aperture. Okay, so the shutter speed should be operated by a little wheel right behind where the shutter release button is. Do you see that?

D: Yelp.

L: When you turn it do you see the numbers change on the screen?

D: Julie I need my glasses. Yeah 100, 125, 160, 200...

L: Yeah yeah yeah... Now when your holding....

D: Now is that the ISO?  

L: No, thats the shutter speed.

D: One hundredth of a second?

L: Yeah thats one one hundredth of a second. and if you look about where your thumb is on the back there should be another wheel.

D: Right.

L: Thats going to change your aperture.

D: Okay.

L: Umm..

D: So do I need to turn on my screen?

L: No you don't need anything on your screen.

D: I don't?

L: No, everything you're going to be doing is on that little LCD screen on the top or through the viewfinder.

D: Okay

L: So you are going to have a meter reading and everything show up inside your viewfinder that will tell you the correct exposure. Do you see it? It's a little scale that has a little negative two negative one and then a little point and then a one  and two? do you see that?

D: Nope.

L: Is your camera on?

D: Yelp.

L: You see it? On the bottom of the viewfinder.?

D: bottom left or right?

L: It should be in the middle.

D: Nope

L: You don't see it? what do you see?

D: In the very middle i got some squares

L: Umm you don't see.... Can you maybe hold the viewfinder up to the camera? can you move it left? angle it up? Oh! press the shutter button. I forgot, just press the shutter button down while looking through the viewfinder. Don't press it all the way down.  Just halfway press it.

D: Oh ok

L: Now do you see it?

D: yeah.

L: Now what you are going to do is pretty much on one ISO for most of the time. Outside 100 ISO maybe 200 ISO. How you're going to do that is on that little LCD screen on the top you are going to see a bunch of buttons and one of them are going to say ISO below it.

D: We are still on top?

L: Yeah we are still on top.

D: Yes.

L: Press that and while pressing it move the thing to change shutter speed. The wheel. It should change the ISO.

D: Okay hold on. Ok so what am i doing? I push the ISO button...

L: And while holding the ISO button, turn the wheel that is used to change the shutter speed.

D: Okay... 13, 14, 11, 10...

L: Okay... what are you changing? That can't be right. It should be like 400, 200, 160.

D: Okay now its working. Yeah... 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000.

L: Yeah. Now i want you to keep it, if all possible, below 800. But I don't think I'm going to have you shoot indoors at all so it shouldn't be a problem. I'll probably have you shoot mostly at 100, 200 maybe 400 in low light. It's probably best not to shoot under one sixtieth of a second, so keep it around one hundredth of a second if possible on the shutter speed. And for the aperture, simply the larger the better. If you can shoot at f 22 thats perfect. You're probably going to be shooting around f8 or f16

D: Okay now do I turn the automatic focus off on the lens itself?

L: No keep that on for now at least.

D: Well how do I adjust the shutter?

L: The shutter is the one that is right behind the shutter release button. It's that knob.

D: Where’s the aperture at?

L: The aperture is the on on the back.

D: Okay I got ISO

L: Yeah.

D: I got the...  what's the know? The turning knob?

L: the one on the top?

D: Yeah.

L: Thats shutter speed.

D: Shutter speed?

L: Yeah and the one on the back is aperture.

D: So thats the 400?

L: No, thats ISO.

D: Yeah so what's on the back? Thats aperture. wheres it at?

L: It’s the knob on the back. The knob on the back.

D: Thats what I just used for the ISO.

L: Well thats when you press the ISO button down and turn it.

D: Okay

L: Yeah. So to change change the ISO you have to push the ISO button and then Turn the wheel. but other wise it just adjusts the aperture. Well actually you should have used the one on the top to adjust the ISO, but... yeah... on my camera its the wheel on the top.

D: Okay... So for the 20 to 22, 18, 14...

L: Thats aperture. Thats aperture.

D: Yeah that makes sense. Where do I need to keep that at? As wide as I can?

L: As high as... The higher the number the better. What I probably recommend you doing is... when you are outside shooting is to set the ISO to 200 and the shutter speed to 100 and only adjust the aperture to get your correct exposures. Thats what I would do.

D: Okay so set the ISO to 200?

L: Yeah.

D: Uh-oh I just turned something off. Oh, wait there it goes. one hundred speed.

L: Put it to 200.

D: Ok 200 ISO 100...

L: One hundredth of a second.

D: Ok a second. thats my speed. I call that speed.

L: Alright, close enough. Now just look through the viewfinder and point it at something and use only the aperture to adjust it which is the wheel on the back of the camera. Do you see the little pin moving around? there may not be enough light in there.  

D: What am I looking for?

L: The light meter. Whenever you are metering make sure you have you finger presses down half way on the shutter button.

D: At all times? Or just start it up?

L: Yeah just to start it up.

D: Now what am I looking for?

L: There should be a little a little line on the light meter going around.  telling you which way to adjust it. Do you see it? I'm probably explaining it pretty poorly.

D: You looking at the bottom?

L: At the bottom, yeah.

D: I got a scale at the bottom. Is that what you are talking about?

L: Yeah the scale.

D: But I don't see a line.

L: It might be because it's too dark. Switch the ISO to 1600 real quick for the time being.

D: I can see good in the daylight. I can's see good in here.

L: Yeah exactly.

D: Oh there it goes I see it now. I center that?

L: Yeah you center that using the aperture which is the wheel on the back.

D: Right. I can't get it close to center though. Wait there it goes...

L: It might be because its too dark in there... And then what I'm going to have you do is for the images you take if its a bright sunny day, like lets say for instance you are shooting into the sun I want you to take on image at what that says and then I want you to take an image at one stop below and then one stop over.

D: On the scale?

L: Yeah on the scale. So you're going to open it up one stop and then you're going to close it down one stop. That way I have a better selection of tones because in some situations I'm going to need that.

J: What about cloudy? because right now we have real cloudy weather.

L: Thats umm...

D: I'll bump the ISO up.

L: On a cloudy day you still probably won't have to bump the ISO up. You only really need to do this when its super sunny. Really high contrast lighting. Now when you do that try not to move the camera around too much. SO while holding it too your eye adjust it with your thumb.  

J: Okay.

L: And you can set up auto bracketing in the menus but its too much work.   

D: No yeah. I can't...

L: So we'll just do that. Umm.... there's a couple of other things i wanted to talk about. I have a friend who is willing to sell me a 24-105 l series lens for $900. So what I was thinking is I was going to do a photoshoot this weekend and that will make me like $700 and that will take care of most of the lens. Now I don't actually what the lens so I was going to get it for you guys and then at the end of the semester I was just going to take the lens back and sell it. Because I can get $900 for it. So basically I'll be getting a free lens for the semester to send to you guys. You know how to take the lens on and off right?

D: Uh...

L: Its a button on the front of the camera, right under where it say 60D I think.

D: Yeah.

L: Just press that and turn the lens and pop it off. Pretty simple.

D: Basically a bayonet.

L: Yeah basically. I talked to mom yesterday about the file sharing.I think we got that all straightened out and streamlined.

J: Yeah I went on today and it had a bunch that wasn't completed do I went back on and i got it to finish.  

L: Okay good so everything is on the server now?

J: Yeah.

L: Okay so next we need to talk about a shooting schedule and when I need things. Granted a lot of the stuff is going to have to wait till I can get you the new lens, I would still like to have at least a hundred images from you every week if possible. Maybe more. So is there anyway you could go out and shoot tomorrow?

D: Well it's suppose to be raining tomorrow... Heres the deal, this whole week it's been foggy and raining an misting. Friday its suppose to clear up a little bit but then rain Saturday and Sunday. So I was going to try and do something Friday afternoon and then Saturday. Is that too late?

L: Uh... No we can make it work. But Try and shoot tomorrow if you can If its only overcast or something. That should work. That should be fine.

D: Well if it ain't misting than I can do it.

L: If it ain't misting then yeah do it. And then shoot Friday again. I would like to get as many of them out of the way as possible. And do you remember what all I wanted you to shoot?

D: Well churches.

L: Churches...

J: Abandoned buildings and condemned buildings.

L: Abandoned buildings, condemned buildings... And then very nice houses. The nicest houses in town. And If you want, go ahead and start shooting fast food restaurants as well.

D: You don't want much do you?!

L: No, not really. So once I get the package from mom I can make a directory for you guys that you can check off as you shoot them. Because I want you guys to get every single church in town and every single fast food restaurant if possible.

J: Okay now you know we sold our... For our church we already should the sanctuary and Harvest Fellowship is there so when we take a picture of it know that its harvest fellowship and not our church.

L: Yeah.

J: Its no longer Our church.

L: I can make a note of that when the time comes. Oh and another thing i wanted to take about was... well i haven't seen enough of the photographs that you have produced to really know but... artistic direction. I want your photographs to look closer to my artistic style if possible. You know what I mean?

D: Ha, what’s the style?

L: That’s what I'm getting at. I'm going to have to send you some images of mine and I'm going to go through and find images of similar stuff that I have shot and let you look at them. Right now you are doing a pretty good job but I'll get that together for you this weekend and send that to you. So you can have a better idea of what I'm looking for with the images. And of the stuff you shot this past weekend, I'll have to double check but some of the stuff I'll need you to reshoot once I send you the wide angle lens. And then... there is always stuff I'm going to have you go and reshoot. Just like if I want a different angle and I'll give you that as that stuff comes around. but just keep that in mind, just because you shoot something once, if you produce a result that might still be good but wasn't what I wanted I might ask you to reshoot it.

D: Okay.

[skipped part about panorama]  

L: So I think that's about all I had to talk to you guys about tonight. I'm going to have to do a lot of work this weekend getting stuff together for you guys to shoot but I think we got a pretty good start. So just shoot as much as you can this weekend and I'll get back to you.

D: okay now you said to have the ISO set to 100 or 200?

L: Either one. If you can do 100 shoot 100. But chances are you will be doing 200.

D: So 100 and then adjust the aperture.

L: Yeah keep the shutter speed at about one one hundredth of a second.

D: Okay, thats what i got it on.

L: And then just adjust the aperture to make it work. If its not bright enough outside bump the iso up to 400 for shooting outdoors, I don't think you'll need anything more that that.  

D: Probably for the rest of the week I'm going to have to shoot at 400.

L: Well just see how the light is. I mean 400 is... you be surprised at how bright it outside. But yea...

J: Okay. Oh Lucus, I signed up to be a volunteer at the museum here.

L: Oh really?

J: Yeah.

L: So does that mean you can get me some old images of Ardmore?

J: I can ask. Should i ask?

L: Yeah. Just get whatever you can. If they have an archive just send it to me.

J: Okay. See I signed up to volunteer at the museum and the military museum.

L: Well isn't it the same museum?

J: Well the military museum is inside of the regular museum but its separate.

L: Yeah its the same museum basically though.

J: Yeah. they are really nice people though.

L: Yeah

J: One of the newspaper articles I sent you has an article about our curator... About some stuff that she has going on.

L: Okay.

J: She is trying to do some stuff.

L: Well I'll check it out when it gets here. A package came today but I didn't get a chance to drop by the mail room so i'll get that tomorrow.

J: Okay.

L: Well I better get going. I have a lot of work to go tonight. But I'll talk to you guys soon.

D: You want fast food restaurant too hu?

L: Fast food restaurants too.

J: Okay.

L: So I'll let you guys go.

D: Okay

J: Bye bye.