TAOP: Part 4 – Light: Exercise – The Lighting Angle
April 4, 2012
This exercise involves taking a number of shots of the same subject, with a diffused light in different positions.
These shots are with the light at the same level as the camera and subject.
A long, soft, shadow is cast by the subject (UNICRON!) and the background has a gradient from bright on the side of the light, to darkness opposite.
The gradient is much less defined, but still visible and it’s a similar story for the shadow of the subject. The light is reflected much more on this one.
Most of the subject is in shadow here, with only the parts at angles reflecting light toward the camera.
Similar, but with less areas reflecting the light forward.
Almost in silhouette, but reflections below have bounced light back at the subject, so it’s not a full silhouette.
This is with the light raised and pointed at around a 45-degree angle.
A much more even light and less shadow than the equivalent ‘Level’ shot.
Again, more even than the ‘Level’ equivalent, but still a lot of the subject is in shadow.
And the same effect again and comparison to the ‘Level’ version.
A stronger silhouette than the ‘Level’ version, but there’s still some light “splashing back” on the front of the subject.
This is with the light suspended above the subject.
There are more obvious shadows here, below, and on the subject itself.
Similar shadows below, but fewer visible on the subject itself.
This is the strongest silhouette shot, with the shape of the subject defined clearly, but little detail.
I think the overhead (direct) shot best defines the form of the subject and the detail – it appears the most three-dimensional of the pictures.