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Leeds Peeps Week 1

For this weeks task I headed to the streets of Leeds with a digital camera to have a go at recreating the Humans of New York/ Leeds format. One of the most common features found using this format is a shallow depth of field which is used to photograph the person clearly and blur the background. By combing a large aperture such as F2.8 OR F5 with a fast shutter speed such as 1/250 or 1/125 and focusing on a specific object or person you can create a shallow depth of field. The camera I used was a Canon 1000D, I tried using both the portrait option and the AV aperture priority option which allows you to manually control the aperture. The photo of the woman in the shop is taken using F/5 aperture with the ISO and focus on auto. This did not produce a shallow depth of field, I think this is due to not enough light hitting the lens and would next time try using a larger aperture. The photo of the man outside of the Corn Exchange used the portrait function which was able to produce a shallow depth of field in area that were naturally lit. The focus of the project was also on the journalism produced and so on the questions we asked. When interviewing the people pictured I asked open ended questions generally about Leeds and engaged in conversation to to entice interesting stories out of them.

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