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Whether it’s Fortress, Broadway, or any electronic store, I always see myself peeking at the latest gadgets and ponder which item will be my next purchase. Anything specific? A camera. Why? I like taking photos and acting like a professional photographer. I would call myself a beginner, or possibly oblivious to understanding most the camera functions besides the shutter-release button.

The Hong Kong campus held a DSLR Camera Workshop with a group of Year 12 IB Film students at Sha Tin College on 23rd October 2013. According to the teacher, most of the students hadn’t  had many opportunities to play around with the DSLR camera, so we were privileged to be able to introduce the gadget. I, too, had the opportunity to pick up a camera and learn about apertures, ISO and shutter speed.

EC, our cinematography mentor, kicked off the workshop by introducing apertures. What is apertures you say? Simply put, it is the hole within the lens where the light enters the camera body. The diameter of the lens is called “iris” and the size of the iris regulates the amount of light coming through.

I always wondered what the f-numbers meant on the side of a lens and I now know that this is the way to measure the size of the iris. The bigger the f-number, the smaller the aperture, while the smaller f-number means the bigger the aperture.

The topic then progressed onto ISO and shutter speed. ISO is the level of sensitivity that is available to light and as the ISO number gradually increases, so does the sensitivity of the sensor. This component is responsible for gathering light and transforming it into an image. Shutter speed is the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor. Fast shutter speeds are good for taking still images and if the shutter speeds is slow, the image translated can create a “blurred” effect where moving objects appear blurred in the direction of motion.

By the end of the workshop, students had the chance to use the camera and learn about different camera movements. The year 12 students are a bright bunch and it was a wonderful experience to see them all engaged in the workshop.

– Mellisa Yeung, Admissions




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