Exercise brief:

Take a series of photographs of the same person in different kinds of light. Do this over a few days or so – certainly on more than one occasion. Aim to make at least nine photographs and mount them in a grid.

You may zoom in to see the effects clearly as all are high resolution images.

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The grid
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Nikon D5 | Nikkor 24-70mm lens Exif info: Aperture f2.8 | ISO 400 | shutter speed 0.50s
2
Nikon D5 | Nikkor 24-70mm lens Exif info: Aperture f2.8 | ISO 400 | shutter speed 1/3s
3
Nikon D5 | Nikkor 24-70mm lens Exif info: Aperture f2.8 | ISO 400 | shutter speed 1/20s
4
Nikon D5 | Nikkor 24-70mm lens Exif info: Aperture f2.8 | ISO 100 | shutter speed 1/250s Exposure: 2 stops underexposed
5
Nikon D5 | Nikkor 24-70mm lens Exif info: Aperture f2.8 | ISO 400 | shutter speed 1/4s
6
Nikon D5 | Nikkor 24-70mm lens Exif info: Aperture f2.8 | ISO 400 | shutter speed 1/5s
7
Nikon D5 | Nikkor 24-70mm lens Exif info: Aperture f2.8 | ISO 400 | shutter speed 1/5s
8
Nikon D5 | Nikkor 24-70mm lens Exif info: Aperture f2.8 | ISO 400 | shutter speed 1/8s
9
Nikon D5 | 85mm lens Exif info: Aperture f1.4 | ISO 100 | shutter speed 1/100s Taken using fill flash
10
Nikon D5 | Nikkor 24-70mm lens Exif info: Aperture f5.6 | ISO 100 | shutter speed 1/6s

Learnings:

I thoroughly enjoyed this exercise and I feel working with various lights, along with their limitations was definitely a worthwhile thing, which has taken up my interest in portraitures to another level. It wasn’t easy by any means but that was the most exciting part of it and seeing the outcomes of every different light was really rewarding.

I have kept the images as they were shot because processing them would result in some difference in the lighting. I did not want to change anything in post processing hence I have tried to achieve what I wanted to within the camera settings itself.

8 thoughts on “Exercise 2.7 People in light

  1. An amazing set of images. Taken together they present a series that looks like a film. Individually they each capture a different emotion and relate a unique narrative. I especially like the candlelight. Thank you for sharing these Archna and to your wonderful models too.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah. That really means a lot to me as I really worked hard and as well enjoyed doing this immensely. Of course none of this would have been possible without my lovely and immensely patient model. She is my daughter’s friend and migrating to Canada soon so she had dropped out of school here and therefore could give me a lot of her time. I am truly grateful to her. 🙂

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  2. Outstanding Archna. I don’t have a favourite as I thought they were all superb; you said they weren’t easy to do but if I may say they “look” easy. By this I mean it’s really tough to make something look easy, a direct correlation of talent, planning and execution. Professional sportspeople or indeed any profession make things look easy, so it’s probably the highest compliment I can give these images. Really well done!

    Can you please share some technical secrets, like aperture and shutter speeds you used?

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  3. Thank you so much Andy. I really appreciate your comments. If only I had someone shooting behind the scenes, I would have shown you exactly what we looked like doing this. 🙂 For instance the red bulb light which I really enjoyed doing, my poor model was holding the lamp in one hand and I was literally on her face with my camera trying to shoot hand held as the tripod would keep falling on her!! Lol!! An then we looked at the final image and were like wow, that didn’t come out so bad!! If only the scene could be recorded by someone it was hilarious. I think I am going to try and start taking behind the scenes. But yes am quite pleased with this set – I guess what one enjoys doing it does reflect in the outcome.

    Am sorry about not posting the exif info – it completely slipped my mind. I am posting that right now next to each image. I have taken them all on manual settings. For a few I couldn’t use the tripod as it just wasn’t manageable and came in the way more than it was helping. Thank you once again Andy for taking the time out.

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