Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Basic Lighting

Last Friday there was a UK Photo Day hosted by the University of Kentucky Department of Arts. It was a whole day of lecture/events all on photography, from Photoshop to night photography. Most of the classes were too advanced for me and due to time constraint I only attended one class on basic lighting.

The arts department was in this old warehouse next by an abandon train track and surrounded by cyclone fence.

f/10, 1/160, ISO 200

The wooden floor creaked and paint on the wall was all chipped.
I guess they are going for the rustic effect.

f/5.6, 1/250, ISO 800

There are 3 positions for placing light source and 4 settings in each position.
High (10 feet high): Front, back, side, and 45 degrees
Medium (waist level): Front, back, side, and 45 degrees
Low (ground level): Front, back, side, and 45 degrees

f/6.3, 1/100, ISO 800

All of 12 positions and heights of placing the light source will give very different feel to the picture. For example, when the light is on the low level and in the front, it would give a horror and spooky feel. Think holding a flashlight in front of your face when telling a ghost story in front of camp fire. Any kind of light would make a good light source, even the ones for construction that can be purchased at Lowe's.

f/7.1, 1/160, ISO 800

I have not done much with indoor and studio photography, occasionally food photography in my dark kitchen. Next time I am going to try moving my desk lamp into the kitchen.

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