Use any scene you want to do this demo. Look for detailed objects or one object that gradually increases in distance from you. Use a scene you find or setup your own. Be creative and push it beyond just a technical exercise!! You will probably need a tripod or stable object to place your camera on. DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAMERA while doing this. If you have to then mark the location of your camera with chalk before you move it. Start at your lowest aperture and move to the highest, adjusting the shutter speed each time so that you have the same exposure level.
Save on your memory stick as in a folder labeled: dof demo
Save images as jpeg "f18.your name" , "f16.your name" etc.
Bring to next class. We are going to make a contact sheet out of them.
Your very first Photography project is meant to show us what you're made of!! Turn your camera settings to manual mode (M on the dial). If it doesn't have this setting, set it to aperture or shutter priority. Ask a family member or friend to name something at random - the first thing that comes to their mind. Now assuming you have access to it, photograph that subject in whatever way is natural to you. Experiment with camera settings, points of view, lighting etc. Don't cheat by trying to change your subject...go with what they give you. ONLY compose 20 photos.
Choose only 5 of your best. When doing this look for relationships between images: could be telling a story (narrative), could be just about the shapes and patterns (abstract), could be commenting on some other meaning.
Save all 20 on your USB stick in a folder labeled "20 to 5.one subject.your name". Within the folder, name your chosen 5 images in the order that you want them viewed: "1.one subject.your name", "2.one subject.your name" etc. and save them.
Remember, this is your chance to make a good first impression, so take time to do this well!! I am expecting a great deal of effort and thinking, not perfection. For example my pepper images would get me a B+ grade. They fulfill what we are looking for, but I would like to have maybe turned them into a comic story using there bodily forms like creating sumo wrestler peppers in a dual or something... Be creative, and see what you can do.
Bring USB with images to next class for viewing.