Finally got back shooting today. Not doing coursework, just working my way towards the images for assignment 4.Read More »
A few months ago—if you’d suggested that I wanted to create stark, strong light and shadows—I’d have laughed at you…!Read More »
Using reflectors—homemade and store bought—to manage contrast and filling shadows in our images…Read More »
The purpose of this exercise was to investigate how the angle and position of the light will light the subject…Read More »
This exercise aims to illustrate the difference between hard [bare-bulb] and soft [diffused] light…Read More »
The purpose is to evaluate the effect that diffusion has on both the quality of light and the required exposure…Read More »
Still trying to get to grips with the concept of lighting—know that in the past when I have used lights. I have used them to make the object visible in a darkened room as opposed to using lighting creatively to illustrate concepts such as texture, colour, volume or shape. Read Prakel’s book on lighting—which is now on the ‘suggested further reading’ section of the TAOP reading list. Found the book easy to follow and understand; and felt that it linked more closely with the lighting coursework in the red folder.
But I was determined to go further—and so have tackled Light: Science and Magic—which is on the essential section of the reading list. This is hard going! It is the third time that I have attempted the book; and I am not going to let it defeat me. So far, I have managed the first four chapters, so there are another six to go. But am finding that by taking it slowly and making the mind-maps; it is starting to make more sense.
I still have to try all the experiments in the book—and doubt I will have time before my assignment is due—but I am obsessed/determined/pig-headed about lighting—and it will make sense one day!
The first four chapter mind-maps are available here:Read More »
So I had a little play, thinking that it might cover the contrast and fill exercise, until I read the exercise afterwards…Read More »
Knew when Ylennia asked me whether I wanted to take some images in the new water villas…Read More »
Finding cloudy day images in our image library that would definitely not have been better in sunlight…Read More »
For this part of the exercise, we were encouraged to take our cameras out & capture some ‘wet’ images…Read More »
Covering two parts of this exercise with these images—looking at colour, f/stop etc but also texture…Read More »
I know where we are going here—looking at shadows—and how clouds help to soften the shadows and the light…Read More »
What’s more frightening—chased by a naked man in Windsor Great Parks—or attacked by aggressive terns…?Read More »
In this exercise we look at whether or not a scene requires in-camera white balance correction…Read More »
The fact that daylight has colour—and that colour changes through the day—is something I am aware of…Read More »
In my first post for lighting coursework, I said that occasionally I would try to pre-empt what was required…Read More »
Okay, now this series has gone on long enough—I get the picture—I promise to make more informed decisions!Read More »
Penultimate series of bracketed exposures for this part of the coursework—and an interior series…Read More »
The third and final series of bracketed images that I shot in Venice—with a slight difference from previous…Read More »
The second series of images where I bracket exposures and decide which one reflects the scene as I want…Read More »
Here we go with exposure bracketing—creating a series where we deliberately under-and over-expose images…Read More »
An exercise which calls for a number of images that are deliberately lighter or darker than average…Read More »
These exercises are designed to teach us to make conscious decisions about what metering system to use…Read More »
I’m playing a game with myself and ‘lit’ photography at the moment—and it’s helping me ‘see the light’!Read More »
Because I ‘played’ with lighting in assignment 1 and assignment 3; it seems a good time to take stock…Read More »
It’s time to start all the ‘onerous’ tasks as background for the lighting assignment. Actually, I’m quite excited although it is not my intention to just work through all the exercises like an automaton. I used the word ‘onerous’ in my introduction, because that has been what I have felt reading through some of the other blogs as people complete the exercises. There seem to be so many, which can drag one’s enthusiasm down if they feel just like a never-ending mountain of tasks. So my intention is to approach it slightly differently!
a different approach
If you have followed this blog, you might have noticed that I have a little bit of an obsession with lighting! Used lights in both assignment 1 and assignment 3—mostly spray and pray attempts at lighting. A sort of ka-boom; crash-bang-wallop approach, without blowing it out too much—and eliminating shadows as much as possible! There was no modelling, no finesse! In fact, it was only towards the end of assignment three—my tulips series—that I was starting to handle the light with a little more intention. They’re not perfect, but I was enjoying lighting them to get the highlights on the top of the petals; and moving bits of foil around to fill areas. So now, I am ready to move on…
And before I even get near to the assignment, I know that what I want to do will be different. There will be some soft light—no shadow shots; but I also want to experiment with creating hard shadows (intentionally) and also throwing shadows. I’ve chosen to work with a doll, who stands only 18in—she can’t actually stand unaided—so that might also be fun! Why I mention the doll so early is because I know I am in for a hard time with her. All my light modifiers are huge—not huge in the commercial studio sense—huge in the amateur photographer sense. And I know that the softness of the light is directly related to the size of the light-source when related to the size of the subject. So getting the effects I want will be a bit of work. Have some home-made workarounds in mind—but not sure if they will work. We wait and see.
Have also compromised with my tutor that not all the shots will be indoors—so the rain had better stop sometime soon. Will be taking the lights outside as they are all battery-powered. Need to work out a way to get my flash to trigger the lights or vice-versa. More technical stuff to learn!
approaching the coursework
My intention with the exercises is to stop before I do each set; and try and anticipate what the results will be, what the exercise is trying to teach me—and, if I really think that I might not learn from that one—doubtful though—I’ll skip it! Also if I think an image is relevant to more than one aspect of the coursework; then I will use it again! Also, my tutor did say in my previous report—”The course work is going to ask you to do a lot of things you already can.” So maybe it is okay if I skip an exercise here and there—with justification of course.
One of my reasons for try to pre-empt what is being asked of me, or what an exercise is designed to teach me, is so that I can get as much out of this module as possible. In the previous ones, it’s often only when I get to the end of an assignment that I understand where it was leading me; and then I have got frustrated because I don’t think that I have learned all that I should have done from it. And then I get tempted to start again! So I’m reflecting on my learning before I start learning—if you know what I mean?Read More »