BFP-Unit 3 Project:

The Exposure Triangle

Project Description

The Exposure Triangle

Making an Exposure

To learn camera skills and how to properly expose, we will be creating in class presentation using Google Classroom. This project will help you understand the process and skills necessary for shooting moving objects, capturing motion blur or freezing the image. You will also learn the setting to show depth, focus on one portion of the photograph while blurring out another and other shooting/exposure techniques.

Shallow Depth of Field. Photo by Christian Nash.


You will be graded on:

  • Presentation
  • Effort
  • Participation
  • Neatness and organization
  • Facts and figures
  • Completeness
The Exposure Triangle

The Exposure Triangle

The Project

In groups, you will be presenting your findings on topics related to the Exposure Triangle. There are several points you will need to know for this unit:

  • Camera Parts – Shutter, shutter release, light meter, camera body, lens, advance lever, Film release button, film rewinder, iso dial, aperture setting, shutter speed dial.
  • Lenses – Wide angle, standard/prime (50mm), telephoto, zoom, macro.
  • Priority Modes – Shooting in Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes.
    • What are they?
    • What is the difference?
  • Tripod – When and why to us it.
  • Flash – When and why to us it.
  • Flash Sync – What is it?
  • Aperture – How does it control exposure?
  • Shutter Speed – How does it control exposure?
  • Exposing Film – With a 35mm camera.

The Topics:

  • Aperture
    • When, why and how you would use it.
    • Aperture Priority Mode (What is it?)
    • Depth of Field: Shallow and Deep (What is it and how to control it)
    • Techniques (ie Bokeh, blurry background, etc.)
  • Shutter Speed
    • When, why and how you would use it.
    • Shutter Priority Mode (What is it?)
    • Motion: Blur/Freeze (What is it and how to control it)
    • Techniques (ie Levitation Photography, Panning, etc.)
    • When to use a tripod.
  • Flash
    • Proper use
    • Slow Sync
    • Front and Rear Curtain
    • Techniques (ie Light Trails, Motion Blur with Freeze action, etc.)
    • When to use a flash
  • ISO
    • Film speed
    • Sensitivity
    • Fine Grain/Coarse Grain
    • Proper uses for different ISO ratings
    • DX Coding

You will have three class periods to complete it, then you will present your findings to the class (Oct 7).

DAY 1 – Collaborate and Collect

DAY 1 – Collaborate and Collect

Choose a leader, make assignments and delegate responsibilities.

First, PLAN OUT YOUR PRESENTATION. To get an “A” grade, your presentation must meet the following requirements:

  • 10 minutes in length
  • Google Presentation (16×9 format) with at least one video
  • Handouts (including pictures)
  • A five-question multiple choice quiz
  • Your own samples (shot with a digital camera) to include in your materials
  • Professional examples demonstrating the
  • Each student must have a part in the presentation in class.

Second, use online research tools to gather photos, diagrams, drawings, etc. Or make them yourself!

Day 2 – Create and Complete

Day 2 – Create and Complete

Create your presentation in Google Classroom. Shoot and create your own samples and put it all together to present in class. Be professional. Use appropriate language and correct terminology and work together as a team.

Day 3 – Polish and Present (Oct 7)

Put the finishing touches on your presentation and practice as a team. Then present your topic to the class with a presentation, handout and quiz. Be thorough , complete and check for understanding.


Please use the class textbook for reference. They have quite a bit of information on the topics. Here are a few websites to use also:



Project Details

  • Client DUE: OCT 7 - In Class Presentation
  • Date October 1, 2014
  • Tags BFP Lessons, BFP Unit 3

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