Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Exercise: The Lighting Angle

These exercises are getting the best possible use out of my mains flash lights and I am learning. In this exercise we are to demonstrate the angle of the light by placing the flash at varying angles around and above a subject to show the differences in shadow, texture and depth. To show off these our image had to itself be something with curves and relief, I chose a manikins head in the form of a squirrel.

The first image was taken with a diffused flash directly behind the subject. This has formed a silhouette with very little or no depth, it has just formed the outline of the shape, but with a little light falling on the eyes showing some shape. I think this was light that had bounced around the room.

The next sequence of 5 shots rotate around the subject starting with the flash next to the camera at 6 O'clock, then at 4 O'clock, 3 O'clock, 2 O'clock and finally 1 O'clock which is just behind the subject and to the right.

Looking at these image I prefer the ones taken to an angle as they cast more of a shadow and give contrast showing the curves of the manikin. The best probably at around 3 O'clock.

The next set are taken from the same angles as above but with the flash unit above the manikin pointing downwards.

I think that this set has come out better, this goes along my earlier understanding that the flash light should be slightly above the subject. again the images with the flash to one side and behind work well and these are preference for the exercise as they shown more form to the manikins head. The frontal images are very plain with little or no shadow and do not produce a pleasing image.

The room in which I took these images has a very low ceiling and lots of close proximity white walls which I think has added reflected light. I will move for the next exercises and the forthcoming Assignment, another lesson learnt.

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