The objective of this exercise was to get me to muck around with a home-made reflector and see the difference that lighting can make. This project has two parts.
With camera on a tripod, capture a stationary still life (I chose flowers) outside 5′-6′ away from a background. In manual, take a photo. Take a second photo reflecting light on the still life with the reflector. Take two more reflecting light in different places on the object.
This time around we do the same thing, but with a flash.
In manual, take a photo without flash. Take a second photo with camera in manual, balance the light meter, and then turn on the flash. The next few photos should be the same setting but with light reflecting on the still life with the reflector.
I have reduced the quality of the photos to bring the file size down to ~700 kb.
- I need to start taking better notes while I am shooting these homework photos!
- When using reflectors, make sure the reflector is not in the shot!
- I need to work on my flash skills. The photos with the flash look overexposed to me. This could also be because the clouds were coming and going, and the instructions said to use the same settings as the first flash photo. The background looks like the sun came out in the bright photos, so I probably was overexposed!
In 2a, I was able to see a difference in the photos when I used the reflectors, and a difference based on where I used them, even with my hooptie home-made reflector. Project #2a is a success!
With 2b I’m debating trying this one again when the main lighting (i.e. the sun) is more consistent. I know the idea was that the flash fills out the shadows on the object, but it’s hard to see in these photos. Maybe I’ll go back and redo this one if I have time.