Lighting Assignment

With the lighting assignment task we were asked to photograph two images that stayed the same apart from the lighting in order to provoke a different mood in each. To me, the most obvious of way to change in the mood in an image is the create shadows in the image that creates a more sinister and moodier effect. I decided to take the photographs in the studio as I felt it would be an easier way to create this particular lighting effect as natural lighting can be unpredictable at best.

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Although this is the case with managing lighting outside of the studio, I still wanted to create an image with a more realistic look in its lighting; which is why I decided to use two lights with one being  tilted just to the left of the model and the other next to myself. This image is probably a little lighter than what natural lighting would have turned out to be like however I feel that you see the face clearly without any distractions from shadows or overexposure.

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As the previous image I shot turned out to be quite bright, I felt it would be better to move the lights drastically in order to create an entirely different mood to the image altogether. I feel that this image perfectly demonstrates just how much lighting can change the mood of an image entirely; as this clearly depicts a much more sinister and menacing by just lowering and moving the lights that I used. I think that due to the harsh shadows based upon my models face it creates more intrigue and drama in the shot as the viewer will be more interested in a shadowed face than one in full exposure.

Overall, I think that this assignment proved to be quite successful. I did what was asked of me in that I shot almost identically styled images with the only exception being adjusting the lighting in order to create a different effect within each image. I feel that it shows just how important lighting is in photography and therefore this should be planned and constructed before photographing so that there are no mishaps. If I was to do this again I feel that I would like to be more daring with my subject matter and possibly take the portable lighting kit outside to experiment with the effects that I could achieve on location as opposed to being in a studio, where I personally have found that what I could do with my shots was scarcely limited.

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