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Assignment 4; Applying lighting techniques

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Using my very patient model Fozzy I have attempted here to demonstrate the required attributes; Shape, Form, Colour & Texture.

Using Flash units in a studio environment was obviously the easiest option, having full control of the lighting and not having to go out on the public streets carrying a bear and a large DSLR.

#1 Flash Colour
I bounced the SB600 flash off a gold reflector (a piece of gold-coloured corrugated card from a craft shop pasted onto a stiff card background) to bring back some of the rich yellow/gold colour present in Fozzy's fur.

#2 Flash Form
An undiffused single flash unit from one side gives the subject depth.

#3 Flash Shape
Directing a flash unit onto the light-coloured backdrop and also one (diffused) unit below & behind the subject, facing toward the subject's back producing a silhouette of the subject.

#4 Flash Texture
The light source is low & oblique highlighting the texture of the subject's fur.

#5 Daylight Form
Overcast daylight is very diffused, showing the layers of depth in the subject.

#6 Daylight Shape
Held up to the overcast sky the subject is silhouetted. I have converted this image to monochrome because there is a lot of noise due to the high ISO setting needed for this (handheld) shot which does not look at all good in colour.

#7 Streetlight Colour
The orange colour in the street lighting has emphasised the colour in the subject.

#8 Streetlight Texture
Holding the subject up to and at an angle from the outside light, showing the texture in the nose area of the subject.

Thank you Fozzy, your two jars of honey, as agreed, are on their way to your agent.
5th Feb 2010, 07:48  


JXLatOCA says:

Tutor Report

Dear Marty,
Thank you for submitting your fourth assignment together with accompanying notes.
As before, I will endeavour to give you a critique for each photograph and offer a
constructive critique where necessary. The presentation of your online blog is excellent
and I thank you for your advice given to Robina Wheeler to improve her blog skills.
Now is the time for you to contact Head Office to ascertain what you need to prepare for
the submission of material for the accreditation at the end of the course. Thanks are due
to your model Fozzy for his untimely patience who I’m sure will appreciate the two jars
of honey as a sitting fee.

1.Flash Colour.
Using the Nikon SB600 flash unit and bouncing the light from the gold reflector not only
helps to bring out rich colour in the bear’s fur, but bounced flash also assists in a better
modelling effect, similar to that achieved when using studio flash when deploying a soft
white umbrella or soft box, thereby also showing texture in the fur and other detail.

2. Flash Form.
In this image you have used a single flash unit which clearly concentrates light to one
side, giving the bear form. This effect has a different bearing on the light that affects
the background, whilst still retaining a shadow-less backdrop, which is always the most
desirable and not always possible with direct flash. If you were photographing a human
model, unless for a special effect, use of a fill light or reflective white card would be
needed on the left of the picture, to enhance the modelling. This would equate to at least
one stop less than that of the main key light, still keeping the low key aspect.

3. Flash Shape.
You have used the correct application of lighting to produce a good silhouette of the bear, where effectively the background is overexposed to reveal the shape of the model. Detail is not required to emphasize this point as the silhouette shows clearly the shape, but interestingly enough the hairs on the fur stand out as if he has been given an electric shock!!

4. Flash Texture.
Lighting Fozzy obliquely and from a lower angle together with being photographed
sharply and close up or cropped has emphasized the Texture in the fur and face area.
The colour temperature is level giving good tonal balance.

5. Daylight Form.
In this image one can see all forms, colour, and texture as the picture is heavily diffused
from overcast daylight. The detail therefore, is very clear. If anything, the colour is a
little cold because of the light levels and could be enhanced using Photoshop colour
balance. The texture is particularly clear, perhaps from slight under exposure.

6. Daylight Shape.
The silhouetted shape in this back lit example is great, showing quite clearly the shape
of Fozzy and again emphasizing the hairs standing up against the white backdrop.

7. Streetlight Colour.
I am assuming the street lighting to be of sodium type to give this colour temperature. I
cannot tell whether you used auto white balance or not, but the effect is likened to that
of tungsten when using daylight white balance. Whatever, the colour aspect, it changes
quite dramatically under different lighting conditions which emphasizes the theme for
this particular exercise.

8. Streetlight Texture.
The texture under this lighting condition shows up detail with softer warmer tones and is
very acceptable. Using 135mm focal length in this example as opposed to 24mm in the
daylight equivalent shot, accounts for the difference in depth of field. However, the
exercise demonstrates the use of different lighting techniques to achieve contrasting

As usual Marty, you have produced some very commendable examples with your assignment work and all credit to you. I am always impressed at the dedication you show in your projects and assignments. Your photography is of a very high standard and I know you will enjoy further challenges that lie ahead even though you lead a busy life.
Just one more assignment for this course to follow which I know you have allowed a slot in your time table to complete which I look forward to receiving.

My kind regards to your family.
Best wishes,

Norman J Moulsley.
Tutor. 2nd February 2010

5th Feb 2010, 07:52

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