Exercise: Contrast and shadow fill

For this exercise, I had to set up a simple still life shot; this was two statues placed onto a stool. I set a spotlight up to the left of the camera at right angles to where I was shooting. The camera was set up on a tripod and I set the ISO at 400 to reduce noise, and used a shutter release to ensure that there was no camera shake when taking the images. While the course notes mentioned white card and foil to be used, I didn’t use these as I had a Portaflash 5 in 1 reflector that I’d got on a previous course and hadn’t used, and I felt that this would be more realistic. However if I hadn’t gotten this, I would have used the card and foil methods.

The different reflectors I had and used were:-

Gold reflector- traditionally adds warmer tones

Silver reflector- gives a brighter light but this can be harsh (this is a shiny silver)

White reflector- gives a more even light

Black reflector- this reduces the amount of the light falling onto an area, could be used to add details in specific areas

White diffuser- gives a softer light with no hard shadows as the light falls directly through this as opposed to bouncing off

The images I took were

1)      Subject with the undiffused lamp and no reflector

Image 1 Undiffused

2)      Subject with the white diffuser between the light and the subject

Image 2 White diffuser

3)      Subject with the white diffuser placed opposite the light approximately 1metre away from the subject

Image 3 white reflector 1mtr distance

4)      Subject with the white reflector positioned opposite the light but closer so its only half a metre away from the subject

Image 4 white reflector half a metre distance

5)      Subject with the gold reflector placed opposite the light approx. half a metre from the subject

Image 5 Gold reflector

6)      Subject with the black reflector placed opposite the light approx. half a metre from the subject

Image 6 black reflector

7)      Subject with the silver (shiny) reflector placed opposite the light approx. half a metre from the subject

Image 7 Silver reflector shiny

 

8)      Subject with the silver reflector material crumpled placed opposite the light

Image 8 Silver reflector crumpled

 

Looking at the example images in the course book, the shadows add interest and impact, and I feel that if they had been lightened, the impact would have been lessened.

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