Photo of the week

GET A GRIP: Opening the door to a different prospective, viewing the world in black and white through a prism cut glass doorknob.

By Ian Magnuson
Executive Visual Editor
As the photographer of the Prospector, I will be posting photos each Wednesday night and explaining exactly how I captured the photograph for the aspiring photographer.  I will try to water down the technical aspects, but this blog is directed towards people who have a basic understanding of cameras and how to compose a picture. 
“Get a grip”: This photograph was taken with a 50mm prime lens,  just like last week’s.
Photo Stats: Shutter speed of 0.8 seconds, F-Stop of f/4.0, ISO speed of 100, and no flash.
The Camera: I shot this photo with my Nikon D7000.
The Lens: 50mm, just like last week. I chose this lens because of its aperture and sharp focus.
Pre-Shooting: I set up a tripod to stabilize the shot and position the camera angle to give the viewer an angle they normally would not experience.
Light: Light is like one of those formulas in math that you must master early because it is the basis of the next fifteen chapters… 
I used the natural light in the hallway where the doorknob is. I pushed my ISO down to 100 which is as low as it goes so there would be less noise in the photo (this is not audio noise, but little dotty pixel-y  noise in a photo that is cause by a higher ISO), and then made the shutter speed longer to compensate for the loss of light from a lower ISO.
Shooting: When shooting, you want to look for the perfect angle that is both original and tells the full story. You should make sure the subject is completely in the photo.
Shoot often, but shoot smart.
I set my sync up so all I needed to do was press a little button and a remote so the movement of me actually taking the photo wouldn’t be recorded. 0.8 seconds is longer than you think and just a little bump can ruin a photo.
Post Shooting: I knew I would want this in black and white because it captures a different side of things so I chose to shoot in RAW rather than JPEG. When shooting RAW, you need to understand that they are massive files and that they are not actually processed yet. Like undeveloped film, you need to go into a dark room (or Photoshop, nowadays) and finish the image you saw through the viewfinder.