TAOP: Part 4 – Light: Exercise – The Lighting Angle

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.

Front Side

Level - Front Side

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.


Level - Front

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.


Level - Side

Most of the subject is in shadow here, with only the parts at angles reflecting light toward the camera.

Rear Side

Level - Rear Side

Similar, but with less areas reflecting the light forward.


Level - Rear

Almost in silhouette, but reflections below have bounced light back at the subject, so it’s not a full silhouette.

Diagonally Above

This is with the light raised and pointed at around a 45-degree angle.


Diagonal - Front

A much more even light and less shadow than the equivalent ‘Level’ shot.


Diagonal - Side

Again, more even than the ‘Level’ equivalent, but still a lot of the subject is in shadow.

Rear Side

Diagonal - Rear Side

And the same effect again and comparison to the ‘Level’ version.


Diagonal - Rear

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.


Overheard - Directly

There are more obvious shadows here, below, and on the subject itself.

In Front

Overhead - In Front

Similar shadows below, but fewer visible on the subject itself.


Overhead - Behind

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.

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