Category: Part 4 – Light

Exercises for Part 4 of the course

Oct 13

Exercise; Shiny surfaces

This exercise considers how objects with shiny surfaces can be photographed. Firstly I chose to photograph a glass paperweight – I had tried photographing paperweights before in my first assignment (Contrasts) so I knew how difficult it could be.   This first photo shows the paperweight lit by available window-light from the left. The reflection …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Concentrating light

For this exercise I wanted light to fall on just part of the scene, in this case on the Clementine giving the effect of a spotlight. For this I took an old studio flash fitted with a snoot, but then used black card to form a cone at the end of the snoot (only about …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Contrast and shadow fill

This exercise is concerned with contrast within a photo and filling in shadows using a reflector. I set up the following shot and photographed it using flash which was about to to three feet from the subject at the same level and lighting the shot from the side. The first shot was taken without a …

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Oct 02

Exercise; The lighting angle

This exercise involved taking about 11 photographs of the same subject but from different lighting angles. A single light was fitted with a diffuser and moved into different positions around the object. The album below shows the object lit from the following angles Light at same level as subject and lit from the front Light …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Softening the light

In this exercise direct and diffused lighting was used to photograph the wooden carving. In the first photo I shone a light directly at the carving. The shadows are dark and quite crisp, the shape of the shadow is recognisable as that of the carving. For the second photo, of the same carving, I held …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Outdoors at night

This exercise entailed taking a number of photos outdoors at night. Below are my night-time images. What have I learned from this exercise? I learnt better control over the ISO setting on my camera. Again this was something that I used to just leave to the camera, but now I think more about how to …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Tungsten and fluorescent lighting

This exercise is in two parts, looking at interior lighting. For the first part I took the photos in a room with an incandescent lamp lighting the scene, but where the garden outside could also be seen. I waited until the light levels indoors and outdoors were about level and then took three photos; in …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Cloudy weather and rain

There are three parts to this exercise. The first part is to take photos of the same subject in direct sunlight and under cloudy conditions. In each of the pairs below the photo taken in sunny conditions comes first.   The first image was f6.3 at 1/125 sec whereas the second image was f5.3 at …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Variety with a low sun

In this exercise the photos were taken when the sun was lower in the sky. Frontal lighting In this case the sun was behind me as I took the photograph of Wymondham Abbey so that the tower is in direct sunlight. The trees behind me are just casting their shadows at the base of the …

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Oct 02

Exercise; Light through the day

This exercise required a sunny day to complete. 2012 was not the best year to find a sunny day, particularly at the time I was trying to complete this exercise. Whenever we did have a completely sunny day, invariably I was unable to spend the whole day taking photos. The photos that follow are the …

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