Photography Tricks Project Description - group of 2

Goal: Catch things in pictures that the eye does not normally see and either submit one picture to The Physics Teacher contest by the deadline in May or compile ten of your best pictures into an album (digital or in print) where you say what each picture is of, describe how you got the picture and, if possible, any physics you can see in the picture.
  1. One good strobe picture.
  2. Two excellent triggered pictures, suitable for framing and setting out at your open house.
  3. One good picture with a homemade device that has a different perspective on the world (kite, scanner, infrared, or pinhole - see information on each in Moodle).
Resources/Provided Equipment:
  1. Hidden by Time video
  2. Strobe lights
  3. Black backdrops
  4. Camera flash with sound trigger
  5. Possibly other "stuff" to help with your picture taking
Week 1
  1. Make sure you have a digital camera that is capable of keeping the shutter open for at least five seconds. (It will probably have to be a Digital SLR camera or a very nice point and shoot camera.)  I do have an extra Canon lens you may use if you have the Canon SLR camera body.
  2. Watch the Hidden by Time video.  Record some picture ideas you got while watching.  They could be things you saw in the video that you want to recreate or ideas of other things you have.  The DVD should be stored in a clear case that's in with the books I have for the project.  You can watch it on a DVD player or one of the classroom computers with a DVD drive.
  3. Light proof your photo room.
  4. Figure out how the bulb feature of your camera works and learn how to turn off the autofocus and manually focus (you'll need to manually focus in the dark room).
  5. Get a strobe photo.

Week 2 & 3
  1. Record in your blog your goals of what you want to take pictures of.
  2. Come up with the question you want to ask and turn it in to the green folder.  (See Grading Rubric #4 for more information.)
  3. Figure out how the sound trigger and contact trigger for the flash works.
  4. Get two good trigger photos.

Weeks 4 & 5
  1. Build and take at least one picture with your sweet device.  Explain the physics behind how your device works in your blog.
  2. Take more photos of any type (strobe, trigger, or sweet device) if time allows.
  3. INDIVIDUALLY: Each of you must choose one of these options to do individually:
    1. Enter in the AAPT photo contest.  (Make sure you have time before the deadline if you're going to pick this one and, if you're both doing it, you can't enter the same picture.)  See the link for how to enter.  Run your materials past me before sending them out.
    2. Compile ten of your best pictures into an album (digital or in print) where you say what each picture is of, describe how you got the picture and, if possible, explain any physics you can see in the picture.

Rules for Black Out Room Use

To use this project you will be using a darkened room to take your pictures. It is my expectation that only students who are working on this project will be in the room with you. Any visits from friends without prior permission from Mr. Falk will most likely result in at least a significant grade reduction and you will possibly lose privileges to use the room and some of the school's equipment.