Exercise 4.2 Artificial Light

The Brief

Capture ‘the beauty of artificial light’ in a short sequence of shots (‘beauty’ is, of course, a subjective term). The correct white balance setting will be important; this can get tricky – but interesting – if there are mixed light sources of different colour temperatures in the same shot. You can shoot indoors or outside and the light can be ambient or handheld flash.

Add the sequence to your learning log. In your notes try to describe the difference in the quality of light from the daylight shots in Exercise 4.1.

Response

In the first two shots I have chosen the light sources are solar powered LED lights, they are clearly decorative and provide very little illumination.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 3 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 12800
  • Shutter speed: 1/8s

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 3 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 12800
  • Shutter speed: 1/8s

In this third shot the light serves to inform and nothing more and provides much less illumination than the first two shots.

  • Aperture: ƒ/22
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 29 February, 2020
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 30s

In this fourth shot the light from the screen provides a back light to display the necessary information for the user to interact with the computer.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 29 February, 2020
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/3s

In these last two shots I have chosen light sources that provide safety and security enabling the user to move about and interact in a dark environment.

  • Aperture: ƒ/22
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 29 February, 2020
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 2.5s

 

The quality of light provided in these shots vary incredibly between one another more as function of their intended use than anything else. Artificial light can be informative, functional, decorative and provide illumination in dark spaces, yet be barely noticeable in the daytime. It is a much lower quality of light compared to that of daylight. That said in some circumstances it can be controlled and designed for many purposes and can be reliable in controlling the amount of light falling on a subject such as studio lighting for example.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 29 February, 2020
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/3s
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