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Day TWO Light & Shadow: Black & White Photography

A lesson about using contrast and light in photography.

Melanie Rapp

on 21 February 2018

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Transcript of Day TWO Light & Shadow: Black & White Photography

Day TWO Light & Shadow: Black & White Photography
Black & White:
It's all about light, shadow & contrast

Low Contrast
Mostly grey. Dark black or pure white are rarely visible.
High Contrast
Studio Lighting
The Project
Just like we aim for a balance exposure, with black and white photography we aiming for
balanced contrast.

Black, white, multiple greys
Black, white, and not much grey in between.
(Sun behind subject) with fill flash.
Light is EXTREMELY important.
Light can make or break your image!
Natural Light/ Cloudy Day
Artiste Photography
How will you help others understand your life, your place, and your culture?

How will you incorporate your passion into your photography?
How will YOU express YOURSELF through your photography?
From color to black and white:
HOW to load and use actions in Photoshop.
Direct Light

Michael Zang
Student Examples
Low to High Contrast
Window Light (also indirect light)
Direct Light
vs. Indirect Light
Indirect light
is a light that has something that diffuses or softens the light between the light source and the subject. Clouds diffuse light. Shaded areas are
indirect light.
Balanced contrast.
Window Light
Window Light
Direct Light
Use of Fisheye Lens
Light Writing/Illuminations
Helen Bagger
Direct light
is light that shines, without interference, directly on the subject. Sunny days and studio lighting...
Direct light will make
your images high
Gallery Walks
For the first three work days (including today), you will be able to take photos. You will come back 20 minute before the end of class. Then you will put your images on your blog and we will have a gallery walk. All students will view other students' work. Feedback via sticky notes.
Studio Lighting can be direct or indirect.
Haruki Murakami
Werner Bischof
Adele Cochrane
Marcin Ryczek
Boris Smelov
James Moore
Balanced Contrast
Diffused Light
Hard Light
Direct Light (studio)
Direct Light with Bokeh
Indirect Light (Cloudy Day) - Fisheye Lens
Indirect Light
Direct Light (studio)
If you haven't written your research yet, go back to the Day One lesson and follow the directions. See me if you need help.

Ask yourself...
What kind of light do we have outside today?

How are you going to take a photo that represents your researched topic?

How are you going to create your "creative shadows" photo?
Not a shadow
Margaret Bourke-White
Yesterday, we researched.
Today, we will begin!
But first, we learn about
light and contrast.

You can use our studio lights to create shadows!
Ashfield School of Photography
1. Take your photos paying special attention to light and shadow.

Remember to use all of the compositional and photography skills you have learned so far! (Composition, aperture, shutter speed, exposure).

2. Use the black and white process in Photoshop (demo to follow).
3. FOUR Final Black and White images:
* Indirect (Soft) Light (cloudy day, in the shade outside/window)
* Direct (Hard) Light (in the sun outside)
* Creative Shadow (must contain a shadow)
* Intentional Use of Light for Researched Topic
4. Your blog post should have:
* Research (5 facts) and plan
* Initial images
(images taken on first couple of days)
* Peer Review & Self-Reflection
* Final images
* Written summary
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