Assignment 4: applying lighting techniques

Use lighting to bring out particular physical properties of the same object.

The qualities  to show included:

1. Shape

2. Form

3. Texture

4. Colour

This assignment required me to use lighting to bring out particular physical properties of the same object.
I chose to use one of Susan Lordi’s Willow Tree figures because of their unique texture and simple shape. I was really pleased with my tutors overall comments in which he said:

It has been very well handled and you clearly have understood the requirements of this assignment. The quality of your images is also excellent.

This was very encouraging, especially since lighting had also been something that hampered my photography. Below are the photos I submitted and my adaptations in response to my tutor’s feedback.

1. Texture and Form

1. Texture and Form

Exposure: 30  Aperture: f/9.5  60mm  ISO: 100
Taken in the pitch black of my kitchen with one tungsten light positioned to the left and towards the subject to leave the background black and focusing attention on the subject and bringing out it’s colour. The absence of any other light also meant that there is a graduated shadow around the angel which shows the texture and form. I avoided using the camera’s flash because I felt this would make it appear flat. The only downside to this image was how close the subject is to the right-hand side of the frame.

2. Colour and Texture

2. Colour and Texture

Exposure: 1/90 Aperture: f/3.5 Focal length: 60 mm ISO: 100
Tungsten light, off camera, positioned in front and to the right of the subject to create an angled light showing the cracked texture and hair and face tones. My tutor liked the colours but thought the lack of texture let it down. He noted that using an aperture of f/3.5 had produced a shallow depth of field. I have used an aperture of f/11 for the corrected image below. The difference in texture is striking.

2. Colour and Texture Corrected

 

3. Form and Texture

3. Form and Texture

Exposure: 1/20  Aperture: f/2.8  Focal length 60mm  ISO: 100
Tungsten light shone diagonally towards the left hand side of the subject and the black background. This effect was used to show how shadow is just as important as light in illustrating form and the texture is visible through the middle of the frame. My tutor agreed that the form of the subject is clearly visible.

4. Form

4. Form

Exposure: 0.7 Aperture: f/2.8 Focal length: 60 mm ISO: 100
Tungsten light bounced off a black fabric to create an ethereal atmosphere to suit the subject and illustrate it’s basic form, including some detail. My tutor was very pleased with this saying:

This image is nicely placed within the frame and does what the title suggests. Very sharp and with just a little detail the model’s form is evident.

I was really happy to hear that from my tutor after tightly fitting the subject in the first image too close to the edge of the frame.

5. Shape

5. Shape

Exposure: 1/20 Aperture: f/2.8 Focal length: 60mm ISO: 100
Tungsten light used behind the subject with pinkish tissue paper used to diffuse the light and give a coloured background, since most of the angel is white and any detail around the edges would have been lost in the white light in the centre of the frame. I took this photo in my kitchen because it has no windows and no other sources of light. This enabled me to control the light in how it was to be positioned. My first submission for this image was clipped off the bottom, so I responded to my tutor’s advice by cropping the statue higher up, but still including recognisable features such as the flowers behind her back.

6. Colour

6. Colour

Exposure: 1/8 Aperture: f/3.5 Focal length: 60 mm ISO: 100 Camera flash
Camera flash used to bring out the colour detail on the angel. Some of the texture has been lost from the subject, due to the smaller aperture, but I wanted the colour to stand out rather than have the texture as a distraction. My tutor thought that the colour was gorgeous, so this was a good decision.

7. Form and Colour

7. Form and Colour

Exposure: 1/30  Aperture: f/2.8  Focal length 60 mm  ISO: 160
Tungsten lighting with diffuser to soften the angel’s face. Lit from the side and towards the rear of the subject to show graduated shadow and shape.My tutor felt that this image was the weakest image in this set, not being sharp enough (due to my proximity to the subject).

I decided to revisit this image. It was very difficult to achieve the same angle and retain sharpness of focus with a smaller aperture. Eventually I tried a slightly different arrangement (below) to show the form and colour of the statue.

7. Colour and Form

 

8. Shape

8. Shape

Exposure: 1/6  Aperture: f/2.8  Focal length: 60 mm  ISO: 100
Tungsten light used behind an overhead transparent sheet and off-white paper to hide the lamp and diffuse the light across the subject with a brown tinge. The silhouette effect shows the outline of the angel and subtle detail of her hands behind her back.

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