Using Lighting in Photography

by Hannah Thomson October. 21, 2017 605 views

Lighting can play a crucial part in photography, wether its on purpose or simply accidental, we can manipulate one shot to tell so many different stories by using light. Firstly, we played around with natural lighting where both the camera and subject would move in between a shadowed area, under a bridge and a lighted area, outside of the bridge. How would these different scenarios affect the same shot if we kept the camera settings the same?

Out of the Bridge

Out of the Bridge

Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

By changing the settings of the camera to lower the exposure, it meant the shots taken outside the bridge either with the camera under or outside the bridge, turned out better but in return the images captured in the shadows were too dark.

Lower Exposure.

Lower Exposure.

Then moving away from the bridge, we wanted to see how a window filled with light would change the object in the foreground, in this case: us. We tried different settings to see how silhouetted we could make ourselves against the high exposed background but to truly have the power to manipulate and control light in our own images, we needed to explore how synthetic lighting would work.

Reflections.

Reflections.

Reflections.

Reflections.

Reflections.

Reflections.

Reflections.

Reflections.

Starting with natural lighting against a white background, we then introduced a Hot Light and instantly a shadow was created. To combat this, we then played around with a Reflector Kit to see if we could reflect some of the light given off by the source back onto the shadowed area of the shot.

Natural Lighting.

Natural Lighting.

Natural Lighting.

Natural Lighting.

Hot Lights.

Hot Lights.

Hot Lights.

Hot Lights.

Hot Lights

Hot Lights

The affect the Reflector had on our shots were incredible. Suddenly there was an added glow to the image which changed the mood of it dramatically. After practicing for a while, we had a successful outcome.

Reflectors.

Reflectors.

Reflectors.

Reflectors.

Reflectors.

Reflectors.

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