January 13, 2015 - Organization & Using Light

by Francine Way


Continuing with the book, the next two chapters are quite good in giving advices. 

Chapter 7 intends to educate its readers on developing a habit to name & label photos to make them easier to find, to make back ups, and to choose the right materials & conditions for long lasting prints. It recommends the use of Adobe Bridge, which I downloaded yesterday and will try in the near future. It seems to be catered to professional photographers who churned out dozens of pictures regularly. 

Chapter 8 intends to educate its readers on making the best use of natural light, things one needs to know to use artificial light and electronic flash. There is a project on pay 136 for the readers to take photos of the same subject in different light: outdoor direct, outdoor from the side, outdoor backlit, and in the shade. Below are the photographs I took to complete the project:

Outdoor direct (#1)

Outdoor direct (#1)

Outdoor backlit (#3)

Outdoor backlit (#3)

Outdoor from the side (#2)

Outdoor from the side (#2)

Outdoor in the shade (#4)

Outdoor in the shade (#4)

It seems to me that outdoor in the shade (#4 above) is the best one out of the foursome. It captures the coloring and texture of the subject (my dog) the best. The texture is captured worst in the outdoor from the side (#2), followed by outdoor direct (#1), and with outdoor backlit (#3). In the three more inferior photographs, some parts of the subject's grey fur look almost black in the picture. The shadows are most pronounced in #1. The appearance of the subject's face is highly affected by the lighting: softer in #4 and harsher in #1. Photo #3 benefits from a more dramatic "thinking" pose, thanks also to the lighting. 

More to come with the last chapter in the book tomorrow :-)