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Using Light Creatively

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Rachael Burriss

on 19 February 2014

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Transcript of Using Light Creatively

Types of Light & an Exploration in the work of Ansel Adams
Using Light Creatively
-Light is essential for the art of photography to even exist.
The word "photography" was invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839.
-It was a combination of the two Greek words "photo" (light) and "graphy" (to draw)

The Importance of Light
>When outdoors, directional lighting is sunny weather as well as dawn and dusk sunlight
>Directional lighting can be identified by the harsh solid shadows that are created by the sun

Directional Light can be broken down into 3 categories:
Cross Lighting- light from the side
Axis Lighting- light from behind the camera
Backlighting- light from behind the subject
Directional Lighting
Student Examples
>Diffused lighting is usually characterized by softer more subtle transitions in the lighting values.
>Non Directional lighting appears on overcast days as well as in the early parts of the morning and late evening.
>On cloudy days the clouds act as a natural "softbox" for your images
A softbox is a lighting device that bounces light through diffusing material to give a more equal distribution of light
Non-Directional or
Diffuse Lighting
Student Examples
What is Shutter Speed?
Shutter speed is the amount of time that the camera shutter remains open
In film photography it was the length of time that the film was exposed to the scene; similarly in digital photography shutter speed is the length of time that your image sensor ‘sees’ the scene you’re attempting to capture.
Camera Operations
What is Aperture?
Aperture is the size of the lens opening when an image is taken
When you hit the shutter release button on your camera a hole opens up that allows your cameras image sensor to catch a glimpse of the scene you’re wanting to capture. The aperture that you set impacts the size of that hole.
Camera Operations Cont.
Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist, he is best known for his black-and-white images of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park.
He primarily shot with large format cameras even though they were large, heavy and expensive. He liked the sharpness and depth of field he was able to capture with the larger format camera.
Ansel Adams
You will be creating a series of black-and-white images following this criteria:
Using the ideas of Directional Lighting, form an image composition that highlights the harsh shadows created from sunlight
Think about the interaction of subject and shadow to create your images
Capture 10-15 images of varying subjects
Project #24:
Using Light Creatively
Last Minute Reminders:
- Harsh sunlight can be captured at specific times of the day: when the sun is highest in the sky, early in the morning and late in the evening when the sun is near the horizon.
- Harsh shadows can also be manipulated using a spotlight from a lamp or strong light source.
- Don't forget your focus on composition! Every project you complete should exhibit the successful elements of composition!
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