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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.
Just like we aim for a balance exposure, with black and white photography we aiming for
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
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? When 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. What can you learn from this photograph?
7. 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.
Process affects outcomes.
Low to High Contrast
Window Light (also indirect 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.
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.
Direct light is light that shines, without interference, directly on the subject. Sunny days and studio lighting...
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.
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
(cloudy day, in the shade outside/window)
Direct (Hard) Light
(in the sun outside)
(must contain a shadow)
Intentional Use of Light for Researched Topic
4. For your last image, research a topic that is important to you (environment, human rights, identity, happiness, etc). Research is FACTS from RELIABLE RESOURCES (not opinion). Five facts/One paragraph minimum. PLAN and create an image that communicates your idea. EXPLAIN your choice of light for this image.
5. Turn in the 4 final black and whites onto the blog.
Direct Light (studio)
Direct Light with Bokeh
Indirect Light (Cloudy Day) - Fisheye Lens
Direct Light (studio)
On your blog: Research a topic that is important to you (environment, human rights, identity, happiness, etc).
Research = FACTS from RELIABLE RESOURCES
(not opinion, memes, or biased news sources).
Five facts/One paragraph minimum.
PLAN and create an image that communicates your idea.
EXPLAIN your choice of light for this image.