All In A Days Work
As photography utilizes light-sensitive materials, whether analog or digital, the photograph needs light (and the lack of light) to reveal (and obscure) its visual sensibilities and concerns of content. The presence of light and its level of intensity serve as visual guides in seeing what is in a photograph as well as affecting the feeling being suggested.
The direction of the lighting is important because it will determine what is revealed and what is concealed and left in shadows. Light shapes the subject being photographed, emphasizing or diminishing description, texture and volume. Consider the following lighting circumstances:
Front lighting comes from behind the camera toward the subject. The front of the subject is evenly lit with minimal shadows visible.
Side lighting comes toward the side of the subject and camera. Shadows are prominent and cast at the side of the subject, emphasizing shape, texture and volume.
Diffused lighting scatters onto the subject from many directions. Shadows are relatively light and the subject seems surrounded by light. Directional-diffused lighting combines the qualities of direct light and diffused light, allowing for shadows to be visible, but not as prominent. Fully diffused lighting provides an even, soft illumination.
Back lighting comes toward the camera from behind the subject. Shadows are cast toward the camera and are prominent with the front of the subject in shadow. Back lighting can make translucent objects seem to glow as well as create a strong contrast between light and dark areas.
Using a digital camera, shoot high – quality jpeg photographic images that reflect your daily experience over the course of a day to suggest how changes in light shape how you see things. Give careful consideration to how light reveals and conceals the thing itself and details, making photographs that reflect every 20 to 30 minutes from the time you wake-up to when you go to bed. It remains imperative that you consider the thing itself, the detail, the frame, vantage point and focus.
The images are required to be converted to grayscale using Lightroom and exported as jpeg files (maximum 1024 pixels on longest dimension at 72 ppi) prior to uploading on the PHOT 156 Flickr Website.
For the critique (see Calendar for Due Date) and evaluation, please complete the following:
Twenty (20) greyscale photographs that reveal your daily experience over the course of a day to suggest how changes in light shape how you see things with particular attention on the following lighting circumstances:
- Front Lighting – ( 5 )
- Side Lighting – ( 5 )
- Diffused Lighting – ( 5 )
- Back Lighting – ( 5 )
and in the following lighting conditions:
- Daylight | Natural Lighting
- Incandescent | Tungsten | Fluorescent Lighting
- Mixed Lighting | Combination of Daylight, Incandescent, Tungsten, and/or Fluorescent Lighting
- Night Lighting | Flash
The photographs are to be uploaded to the PHOT 156 Flickr Website prior to the critique.