Part 4

Exercise 4.4

Studio Lighting

This proved to be more difficult than I first thought because the subjects I tried first turned out not to be suitable for showing the distinction between the location of the studio lights.  My first attempts were with a bunch of grapes but because all the surfaces are curved, the shadows appeared soft regardless of the position of the lights.  (See photographs below).


 

I then photographed an aloe plant and because of the shapes of the leaves, was able to demonstrate the difference in shadows depending on the proximity of the lights. Here are 6 photographs with a information on the lighting for each one.

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Natural light from a window either side of the plant

 

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Natural light from a window either side of the plant but the windows have been shaded.
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All natural light blocked and an off-camera flash located 140cms from the left of the plant and a reflector to the right.
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All natural light blocked off and an off-camera flash located 90cm from the left of the plant and a reflector to the right.
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All natural light blocked and an off-camera flash located 60cm to the left of the plant and a reflector to the right.
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All natural light blocked and an off-camera flash located 20cm to the left of the plant and a reflector to the right.

I had the camera set on auto white balance, and in the camera the background appeared the same colour.  However, when I downloaded and printed them, the photographs taken with a flash were pale pink.  I could have changed the white balance post production, but decided to leave them as they were to show that auto white balance does not always produce consistent colours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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