Was really relieved to finally get the report for this assignment. To an extent, it’s a form of closure and a freedom to move on to the next section.Read More »
Received feedback from my tutor on assignment four last night—relief, happiness and sadness in equal measure.Read More »
Finally done after so many failed attempts, different approaches, fear—of what I don’t know, frustrations, procrastinations and other time thiefs. In fact,Read More »
This post contains only the images that I am going to submit for the assignment. Discussion of them is in the other posts.Read More »
This image developed out of the previous example where I was attempting to show ‘shape’ with photographic lighting.Read More »
Not really happy with my photographic lighting image for shape, I opted to try something different for this final image…Read More »
Still not quite sure as to how I showed colour with lighting, but knowing that this was required as an aspect for the assignment…Read More »
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When I first started thinking about this assignment, I really wanted to try something different to show shape.…
The most straight forward way is to silhouette the object by back-lighting it—which is effectively what I have done here.
With one of my previous ‘subjects’—an attempt at which I failed miserably, I had wanted to do a cast shadow to imply shape—essentially shadow as shape—similar to that done by Mapplethorpe, Testino, Sam Taylor-Wood, Perou with Marilyn Manson, Brooke Shaden, Natalie Dybisz and Peter Coulson—but I found it far more difficult than I imagined and have put that approach on the back-burner to be revisited at a later stage.
So accepting that the skill was beyond me—at present—I opted for a more traditional approach—with a little difference. I was hoping to ‘hang’ the submission together as a set—and thought that going for a square crop and a black background throughout would help give it some sense of coherence. [At time of writing this up, I have not completed the second submission for shape—which I hope to do with natural lighting—so not sure if I will be able to maintain the black background.]
Instead of backlighting forward—I opted to backlight away from the subject onto the background—trying to create a ‘halo’ around that object which personifies my present nemesis.
lighting and capture
I started with a single light with a small reflector and a grid—but found that the light source was too small and did not give me the halo that I wanted. I then switched to a larger flatter reflector without a grid—but then the light spread was too large. Finally, I opted for the original reflector without a grid which gave me the spread of light that I wanted—creating that halo behind the head. Ten frames followed as I tried to position the light centrally behind the head—this was more difficult than I had anticipated.
Once that was sorted, I had the silhouette—which effectively shows shape—but I’m not sure if I am happy with it. Granted, I think it fulfils the requirements for shape—but there’s not that much else in the image. So I continued to experiment—slowly adding a fill light to the front of the pig to show more detail—until I ended up with the image at the end of this section. Although I really liked that image, I wondered whether I had gone too far away from the shape concept.
I also tried two alternate approaches—one where I reversed the light so that it was shining directly behind the pig; and another where I placed two small gridded lights either side of the pig—behind at approximately 45°—they were not really successful at all.
Because minimal detail was visible in the pig, the image was simply processed and exported from Lightroom. The only adjustments made were to set the Lens profile correctly, apply a minor sharpening and use a square crop. I contemplated a little split-toning—adding a colour to the highlights; but decided against it.
Gatcum, C. (2011) Light and Shoot 50 Fashion Photos. Lewes: Ilex Press
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