Feature Hunt Essay
For this assignment, I chose to shoot a weekend spring costume carnival type event as my sister’s high school. Some of it was meant to be held outside, but due to weather, of course, those activities had to be rescheduled or cancelled. The reason I was able to shoot this event is because I had agreed to be a helper for the day, since my sister’s year was the one putting the event on.
The street photo was taken while I was out of town in California. There was a musician on the Santa Monica Pier that was preforming to visitors as they walked by. He was one of many, since the theme of the evening was “Jazz Stroll at Santa Monica”, but I decided to feature him because he was the oldest, he was alone, and he was playing the most interesting instrument.
I liked taking these pictures with my smartphone better than taking pictures with my camera, just for ease and convenience. However, my android camera (the standard one on the galaxy s7) doesn’t handle motion and quick action as well as my camera does on the right settings. Regardless of different apps that can make a smartphone function and behave like a manual camera, there are some things that even paid apps can’t fix, like aperture width. My phone has a fixed aperture on the lens that I can not change, point blank, period. If I were ever in a situation where a perfect shot depended on aperture, I would be essentially at a loss. Focusing on a subject is easier on a smartphone though, and I don’t have to worry about ISO making pictures grainy or loud because ISO and white balance adjust automatically for most recent tier phones.
This assignment was probably the easiest to date.