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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.

Level

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.

Front

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.

Side

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.

Rear

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.

Front

Diagonal - Front

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

Side

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.

Rear

Diagonal - Rear

A stronger silhouette than the ‘Level’ version, but there’s still some light “splashing back” on the front of the subject.

Overhead

This is with the light suspended above the subject.

Direct

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.

Behind

Overhead - Behind

This is the strongest silhouette shot, with the shape of the subject defined clearly, but little detail.

Conclusion

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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