Friday, 5 September 2014

Wk 6 - Three point lighting

This week we got into the studio.  Terribly exciting!!!  Caryline took us through the three point lighting -

  1. Key light this is the main and strongest light.  Used on the subject
  2. Fill light this light fills the shadows which are created by the key light.  Two stops less than the key light.
  3. Back light aims to separate the subject from the background.  Slightly brighter than the key light, the back light provides definition and subtle highlights around the subject.

f/8.0, 1/80, ISO 100
Another thing to remember is to keep the ISO at 100 and that the shutter speed will not exceed 250

f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 100
 Here Bruce is shot under three point lighting
f/5.6, 1/80, ISO 100
Here only the fill light and back light are on.  Without the key light a shadow is cast on the left side of Jayde's face and shoulder
f/8, 1/80, ISO 100
In this photo you can see the rim lighting on Cecilia's hair

Below are photos from a photoshoot Cecilia and I did with my niece Paris

f/8.0, 1/100, ISO 100

f/10, 1/125, ISO 100

Wk 6 - Flash Artist

Jurgen Teller

A German artist, fine art and fashion photographer.  He is noted to be "one of the few top photographers left who does not retouch his photographs".  He is considered to the most important photographers of this generation.

Here Jurgen Teller uses direct flash on his subject.  There is a little shadow from the flash under the chin of the dog.  The background is over exposed leaving both the dog and roses looking blown out.  I'm guessing that the Jurgen Teller is taking the photo with one hand whilst holding the dog in the other. 

Title: Pettitoe, Suffolk 2011 Artist: Juergen Teller Medium: Photographs C-Print Size: 16x20in (40.6 x 50.8cm)
Title: Kate Moss, Gloucestershire, 2010, No 4, 2010 Artist Juergen Teller Medium: Photographs c-print Size: 16x20in (40.6x50.8cm)

 In this photo Jurgen Teller uses diffused flash.  He may have used a diffuser as the light is even and soft.

Ernst Haas

An Austrian born photo journalist and renown pioner of colour photography.

Using flash and blur Ernst Haas captures a bird in flight demonstrating the complex moment and the perfect geometric shapes the bird makes as it glides through the sky.The flash and blur emits the flash light at the end of the shot which is shy the body of the bird is visible at the front.  You can see why hes the kingpin when it comes to colour.

Title: Bird in Flight, Norway 1959
This is another example of flash and blur.  Taken at the start of the race, the bodies of the swimmers are perfectly captured as they touch the water.  The swimmers, splashes of water, surfaces of the diving board create leading lines which depict high energy movement.

Title: Swimmers, Olympic, Los Angeles 1984

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Seeing exercise

I tried both of the seeing exercises and came away with different experiences.  The first seeing exercise was to name everything in sight with the wrong name.  I did this exercise while i was walking through the bush at Totara Park in Manurewa.  I did this for over five minutes.  This was a bit of a mission - i felt as though i was concentrating so hard at trying not to name things by their correct name that i literally was exhausted.  When i completed this exercised my vision seemed to be quite grey.  I don't know if that was because of the exercise or just the change in light from the shade of the bush to the open space of the car park.  I didn't feel as though i saw anything differently - but i must say when i got home i totally crashed out.

The second seeing exercise was to identify an object in my peripherals but not look directly at it.  After five minutes turn and look at the object.  The object i chose was a framed saying which hangs in my kitchen.  When i finally looked at the frame the image seemed to come right out towards me like a three dimensional image.

I also saw things i didn't notice before - my eyes were drawn to the middle of the image.  I actually saw more detail in the picture.  I saw cutlery on the table that i didn't notice before.  I also saw that there was more than six chairs.  Below is a photo of the frame. 

 I found this exercise better than the other because i actually could see a difference, with the other exercise the only thing i noticed was that i was tired after it.