Week 20, Winter/Spring 2014 Semester

Introduction to Photography:

This week, APP Introduction to Photography students focused on lighting. They learned techniques for photographing in low-light situations, as well as the various qualities of light one can utilize in creating photographs, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. These include the “golden hour” light of early morning and late afternoon; harsh overhead afternoon sunlight; the diffuse light of twilight and dusk; and various kinds of artificial light, such as incandescent and fluorescent lightbulbs. Students also became acquainted with methods for selectively lighting their images, such as using flashlights.

Some recent student work:

Photo by Joe Johnson:


Students described this image as “geometric, disorienting, and dizzying.” Like many of Joe’s photos, the image makes you want to figure it out, students said. It depicts a familiar place (the Dairy Barn) in an unfamiliar way.

Photo by Tom Foster:


When viewing this image, students noticed the way the snow lies on the branches of the trees in different ways, and commented on the repetition of the colors in the stop sign and brick building.

Photo by Debra McGomery:


Students commented on the ethereal quality of this image, and noted that the person depicted looks like some sort of mythological figure.

This week, you will continue to work on your series. The technique you will be focusing on is lighting. While you’re photographing this week, make sure to pay special attention to the light and light sources in your images. I challenge you to do something different! Shoot at night, or in a low-light situation. Play with movement or blur, and lastly, try adding some light source of your own to your photographs.

*TIP: If you feel that working with a side lamp, flashlight, or window light is not giving you the results that you want, try using a colored light bulb or old Christmas lights. ANYTHING that gives off light may make for an interesting addition to your images this week. Also, try photographing the same scene at different times of day to observe how the change in light affects the mood and feel of the image.