This post provides a summary of my tutor’s feedback on Assignment 4; Light, as an easy reference on learning sto help me improve in future.

General Learnings

  • Overall a good assignment.
  • My tutor commented on my introduction that discusses an alternative idea for the theme which I discusses.  He noted that wile water isn’t technically an ‘object’ if I could use it to demonstrate my learnings then I should go for it – so long as I provide detail to justify my choice.
  • Again, related to the brief, if additional images are good enough then include them, which the extras I included are (and I did).  He added that the ‘smashed‘ image was probably the most challenging and the ‘rough‘ image the most abstract – so well worth including.
  • I shouldn’t be afraid to experiment and stretch the assignment boundaries in assignment 5.  It should also start to form the basis for ongoing work in showing more of ‘Phil’ than simply following the brief.
  • While I’ve avoided simply shooting an object in different light there’s no real theme – just individual images.  e.g. I could have drawn the images for a simple “day in the life of a bottle”.  Seeing the panel as telling a story would be good practice for the final assignment.
  • I should try and expand on lighting – making use of natural/ambient light and additional artificial sources and using multi-light setups.

Suggested reading/viewing

  • My tutor highlighted Neil Turner’s website (the education and techniques section) for articles on experiments I could look at on different lighting setups.

The Photographs

This section looks at my tutor’s feedback on the assignment images.

1 – Shape

Link: Leffeset

  • Good experimentation in use of natural light.
  • As many do I’ve opted for still life – adding a hand would change this to a story (an advert, a celebration, etc.).  I agree I’ve tended toward shooting the brief – rather than creating a narrative between and within images.

2 – Shape

Link: Broken

  • Great experimentation with flash gun and homemade modifies – also a great narrative photo.
  • Suggested some experimentation – e.g. liquid beneath the glass, a different background (e.g. lined) to emphasise the shape through the distorted reflections.

3 & 4 – Colour

Link: Red and Yellow

  • Good examples of image sthat fit the brief but don’t add to the narrative.
  • While that’s the case, my tutor praised the “excellent” write-up of the execution.

5 – Form

Link: Shadow

  • I should include detail on how I’ve managed the lighting – i.e. E-TTL or manual.  Not all the images should include this level of detail, but for images that are essentially technical exercises it is worthwhile.
  • f/16 may introduce defraction so is something to be wary of.

 6 – Form

Link: Wide

  • Again, f/32 will introduce defraction and show every speck of dust on my backgroun and on the lens.  On a wide angle lens is it necessary, or would f/11 be enough?
  • The top fo the room is visible, white sheets and a top flash on low power would eliminate this and provide the highlight.   I should look to experiment with multi-light setups as what I’m doing here does require it.

7 & 8 – Texture

Links: Smooth and Rough

  • Good examples of “filler” shots.  Good technical shots with good descriptions which illustrate previous learnings.
  • Can be used anywhere in a panel to link or bridge the narrative.  Simple shots, done well.