January 8, 2015 - Light, Exposure, Digital Office

by Francine Way


Today, we will continue where we left off yesterday with the book.

Chapter 3 intends to educate its readers on color systems, the use of a light meter & a histogram, and the ways lights and time of day can affect the colors in a photo. There is no project in this chapter, but I decided to make one up for a situation that I encounter pretty often: exposing scenes with high contrast (on page 73). Below are the pictures that I took to complete this project:

Bottom light

Bottom light

Left light

Left light

Bottom left light

Bottom left light

As the author indicated, high-contrast scenes are harder to capture correctly due to its range of tones exceeding those of the sensor. In the pictures above, I focused the camera on the utensils when I set the aperture and shutter speed. I then re-compose the scene to include its surrounding black background.

Chapter 4 intends to educate its readers on properly setting a digital photography workplace, choosing the best file format & resolution, and having an efficient workflow that will prevent the photos from lost. There is no project in this chapter, but I decided to make one up to illustrate an important point on page 83: that color choices (channels) can impact the "moods" of photos. Below are the pictures that I took to complete this project:

Red color temperature

Red color temperature

Green color temperature

Green color temperature

Blue color temperature

Blue color temperature

As you can see, there starting to be a lot of things to think about :-) More to come tomorrow in chapters 5 and 6.