Photo Assignment: Light  

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

At least I'd call it an assignment centered around lighting. But then all photography is centered around lighting. The assignment was to take 3-4 pictures of the same place at different times of the day. I took 4: Morning, Noon, Evening, and Night. I tried to capture a couple of different locations, but for one reason or another one of the pictures never came out as well. So I opted for the pink elephant on my deck because the pictures turned out with the best exposure and detail.

This was my first print assignment. The college allows printing throughout the class as long as I provide my own paper (worth the cost of the class!). They have a few Epson Stylus Pro 7600, 7800, and 7880 printers. I have a few pictures I'd love to get printed before the end of the year in addition to my assignments. I used Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss paper for this assignment, but I also have the Smooth Pearl paper to play with.

Anyway, printing is such a different story when it comes to pictures and I learned a lot about color and how it looks when printed. I spent a lot of time toning down the colors so they'd print correctly.

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I'm pretty happy with the way the pictures turned out. I wish my more creative shots would have turned out better, but I'm happy with a lot in these pictures.

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4 comments: to “ Photo Assignment: Light

  • Tonyia
    Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 8:11:00 PM CST  

    I love seeing the changes of the light. That's a tricky assignment for late winter!

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 7:25:00 PM CST  

    Thanks for sharing this assignment. Using a simple subject is a good way to focus on the assignment and learn the lesson.

  • Mamacita Chilena
    Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 12:31:00 PM CDT  

    That's a fun assignment and pretty cool to see the very subtle differences between the first two photos.

    Is your monitor calibrated? That's really helpful for correct printing colors. I have a cheap-o Huey Pantone, but it works great, and ever since then I haven't had a problem with colors differing tremendously from print.

    When I come to Chicago, bring your camera so that we can go photo hunting together!

  • Ordinary Girl
    Friday, March 13, 2009 at 9:06:00 AM CDT  

    Toniya: Yeah, it just meant being out in the freezing cold at 8:30 to get night shots (all the ones that *didn't* turn out!).

    Mamacita: My monitor at home isn't calibrated, but the monitors at the school are supposed to be. I do most of my lab work at the school. But I used your demo on Lab in my color assignment (tweaked for non-human objects) and it worked pretty well. I'll post those soon.

    That sounds like a lot of fun. I was hoping to sneak in some photos of you as the photographer sort of as a documentary too.


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