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SLICE OF LIGHT ASSIGNMENT
THE "SLICE OF LIGHT"
•Light is the very basis of photography. Everything we do with photography is related to light and how it is captured. Good light, interesting light, needs to be discovered. Learning to use a "slice of light" to your advantage can be a very effective way to create interesting images.
•A "slice of light" that leaves much of the photo in shadow, often makes the composition look three dimensional. Aside from adding depth to images, the shadows themselves can be the subject of a photograph. There’s something mysterious about a dark form. And shadows can be used to artistically fill in an otherwise empty space in a frame. It’s the way the light is used in combination with shadows that makes the subject come to life -partly because the viewer is left wondering about the person or thing casting the shadow.
WHAT TO DO: STEP 1
•This assignment is all about discovery -paying attention to light as changes during the day... looking for, and using, "slices of light" as they occur.
•Study the light. Take some time and look for the interaction of light and shadow during the day. If you’re not used to paying attention to this relationship, the task can be more difficult than it sounds.
•The search for beautiful slices of light is easier when the sun is low on the horizon, in the morning or late afternoon -because there are longer shadows, and the light is less harsh. However, photographing light and shadow at midday is another challenge that helps you see how light changes throughout the day and teaches you how to work with hard light.
WHAT TO DO: STEP 2
•Once you have discovererd a beautiful "slice of light" shoot a minimum of 20 images using the slice or pool of light in you compositions.
•You must shoot 20 images for this assignment -you cannot use photos you already have in your files or camera roll.
•You must shoot two different subjects for this assignment.
•You must include a "subject" in your images -something more than a slice, or pool of light, on the wall or ground...
•You will have to work quickly when you shoot, because the pattern of light and shadow in your slice of light will change as the sun moves. What was once a beautiful shaft of light can fade, or morph into somethng else in a matter of minutes.
•There are a few approaches when using this technique.
•First -it is a great technique when shooting "street" photography. Find a place that has a cool slice of light, Pre-compose and wait for subjects to walk through the frame.
•Second -Watch for light travelling across the walls in your home early in the morning/late in the afternoon. Often there are objects partially blocking the light that create streaks, slices, or pools of light on the walls or floor.
If photographing a family member or friend and the light shining in their eyes is blinding them, have them close their eyes, then open their eyes quickly when you take the photo.
•Third -Sometimes you can use early morning or late afternoon light to create your own "slice of light."
Use two chairs, or other objects to partially block the light, then put your subject in the slice of light you've created.
WHAT TO SUBMIT
•Submit two "Slice of Light" images-of two different subjects, chosen from the 20 images (minimum) that you've shot for this assignment.
•Save and submit images as:
P#lastname_sliceoflight3 (this will be your proofsheet)
SLICE OF LIGHT EXAMPLES