In Week 8, I wasn’t in class as I had some personal issues I was working through. But, I went through the presentation and chatted with my fellow classmates to get the low down and understand what we learnt better.
Week 8 touched on the topic of ‘Light’ and the two types of light are artificial and natural – natural being outdoors from the sun, moon or stars and artificial being anything else.
Natural light is something most people I know prefer to work with because it is so strong and it usually looks better for the overall look they’re trying to achieve. However, natural light can be hard to work with because it’s not in our control. The clouds are constantly moving, the weather (especially in Sydney!) is always changing and quite suddenly too. If you want to capture photographs in golden hour then you need to be so quick and if you want it at sunrise/sunset you need to be even quicker so it can really limit the timing of shoots and can force photographers to rush.
For artificial light you can use strobe or continuous. Essentially, strobes are portable battery powered “speedlites” or mains-powered moonlight units (usually used in studios). While they’re incredibly powerful, portable and help balance daylight – they can be complicated to use and more expensive.
In regards to continuous lights there are three main ones, that being, fluorescent, tungsten and LED. They are more affordable than their strobe counterparts and are far easier to use and set up. However, they’re not as strong and don’t have the ability to freeze movement.
I’ve heard about the best time to shoot as the golden hour and the worst time is midday – and this lesson reconfirmed that. Angles, however, while I've known about how they effect photographs, I hadn’t thought deeply about it so learning more about this was interesting and beneficial.
This includes how direct lightning is the most harsh and unflattering. It’s what I think of first when someone says “artificial lighting” so it was a good reminder to ensure light shouldn’t be direct in most cases.
Side lighting isn’t something I had thought about before and learning how it brings out textures and shapes, adding depth to our images – This is something I found interesting!
I love the idea of backlighting where you place the light behind the subject and that creates a really dramatic image. I like doing this with the sun placed directly behind the subject of an image.