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Light & Shadow: Black & White Photography
Transcript of Light & Shadow: Black & White Photography
Black & White:
It's all about light, shadow & contrast
Mostly grey. Dark black or pure white are rarely visible.
What kind of contrast?
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!
In your groups answer the following questions for ONE photograph. Find the lesson on your computer. One student should display the photo, and another should have the Google Doc open. Students discuss as a group and take turns typing on the "Collaboration" Google Doc.
1. What is the subject of the photograph?
2. Where was it taken?
3. What stands out to you? Tiny details or big shapes? People or things?
4. What is its mood? How does it make you feel to look at it?
5. What do you think the photographer might be trying to communicate about his/her subject? What does he/she want you to know or notice about his/her subject?
6. Do you think that the photo has a different meaning and intent NOW? Does our culture and time in history give us a different perspective?
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.
1. Take your photos paying special attention to light and shadow.
Use a variety of light sources.
Remember to use all of the compositional and photography skills you have learned so far!
2. Use the black and white process in Photoshop (demo to follow). You MUST use Photoshop actions!
3. Place in your blog 4 Finals in Black and White and labeled:
Indirect (Soft) Light
(in the shade outside/window)
Direct (Hard) Light
(in the sun outside)
(must contain a shadow)
4. For your last image, research a topic that is important to you (environment, human rights, identity, happiness, etc). PLAN and create an image that communicates your idea. EXPLAIN your choice of light for this image. "My History" or "My Life" or "Topic".
5. Turn in the 4 final black and whites into the server and blog.
How does process impact the quality of work?
Process affects outcomes.
Low to High Contrast
Window Light (also indirect light)
Direct Light (Harsh)
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.
Use of Lensbaby Lens
Use of Fisheye Lens
In Photography, your black and white process will determine the quality of the results.
Process: Desaturation or Grayscale
Process: Professional Photoshop Actions
We know WHAT we are doing:
Black and white photography. Now let's get to the HOW.
Eat Shoot Fly Photography
Direct light is light that shines, without interference, directly on the subject. Sunny days and studio lighting...
Depending on the lighting for the day (sunny or overcast), students will practice using a specific kind of light. Students will come back at 1 pm (3rd) and 2:30 pm (4th) for checkpoints. Download and upload onto blog. Ms. Rapp will check off students that understand and use the lighting correctly. Students will receive additional help if they need it.
Studio Lighting can be direct or indirect.