The aim of this assignment is to produce a set of photographs which demonstrate that I can pre-visualise how the digital camera “sees” a scene.  Part one is based on a selection of high contrast scenes, from which I need to generate three images for four of the following scene types:

  1. Street scene: Street scene in the middle of a clear, sunny day – narrow streets and high buildings which cast deep, long shadows.
  2. Indoor space: Indoor space in which the only available light is strong natural window light.
  3. Shade and background sun: Photographing people in the shade while the background is in the sunshine, e.g. a group portrait in the shade of a tree.
  4. Early morning/late evening landscape: Early morning or late evening landscapes with low-angle incident light.
  5. Backlit scene: Any backlit scene, whether in direct or indirect light.
  6. Different reflectivity: Scenes which include objects of very different reflectivity, even in flat light such as an overcast day.
  7. Indoor scene, single light: Indoor scenes illuminated by a single source of artificial light of high luminance, e.g. a desk lamp.
  8. Incident dappled light: A scene with strong incident dappled light.  These conditions are often found when photographing in a forrest in a sunny day.

The underlined parts are what I’ll refer to each scene as in future, to save space!

The images must be shot in JPEG, rather than RAW, with no post-processing.  The idea is to produce higher quality images which will need less post-processing, so this restriction ensures I’ll focus on a “right first time” approach in terms of exposure etc.

For each image I need to make brief notes on the technical challenges that each situation presented and how I deal with scenes; my decisions on camera settings and composition.

Having used the Rochdale Canal for a number of images in this section of the module, and being on my mind likely due to the recent opening of the Rochdale branch, I’ve chosen “Manchester: Metrolink” as the subject for this assignment, and would imagine the results as being what might appear in promotional material for the Metrolink.