Project Objective

  • Explore light as compositional and technical photographic element.

Project Description

One of the strongest compositional elements you can use is the contrast of values to place emphases and direct the eye. This assignment is to help develop the ability as a photographer to see situations where darks and lights can be used to improve an image.

Step-by-step Directions

Part 1

Step 1: Dark Object on a Light Background | Static

Setup an interesting 3D dark object against a light background so the object contrasts with the background creating emphasis and focal point and also defining the content (image mood).

Take at least six shots exploring different camera settings/exposures.

Step 2: Light Object on a Dark Background | Static

Setup an interesting 3D light object against a dark background so the object contrasts with the background creating emphasis and focal point and also defining the content (image mood).

Take at least six shoots exploring different camera settings/exposures.

Step 3: Dark Object on a Light Background | Dynamic

Out on location photograph an an interesting 3D dark object against a light background so the object contrasts with the background creating emphasis and focal point and also defining the content (image mood).

Take at least six shots exploring different camera settings/exposures.

Step 4: Light Object on a Dark Background | Dynamic

Out on location photograph an interesting 3D light object against a dark background so the object contrasts with the background creating emphasis and focal point and also defining the content (image mood).

Take at least six shots exploring different camera settings/exposures.

Part 2

  • Choose the best image in each category and edit it in Photoshop using Curves and Levels.
  • Upload the final results along with the original image to your E-portfolio

Part 3

  • Create your digital darkroom workflow with the documentation of the steps you took to to enhance your final images.
  • Make sure you convert the images to grayscale.

Considerations

The objects need to be three dimensional, not white type on a black background for instance. Select the best shot illustrating dark on light OR the best shot illustrating light on dark.

Pay close attention to the composition! Use the rule of thirds!!!!

Delivery

Create a contact sheet for each set of images (grid 2 x 3)

Create a new page in your e-portfolio for Project 5.

Upload the four contact sheets to your Project 5.

Create a child page to upload the final images for Part 2.

Create a child page to upload your workflow and final images.

Grading Criteria

This project is worth 6 points.

  • Part 1. (2)
  • Part 2. (2)
  • Part 3. (2)

Resources

Controlling Light

 

Sample Images

Elements of Design : Value, Color & Texture