Capture ‘the beauty of artificial light’ in a short sequence of shots (‘beauty’ is, of course, a subjective term).
The correct white balance setting will be important; this
can get tricky –but interesting – if there are mixed light sources of different colour temperatures in the same shot.
You can shoot indoors or outside but the light should be ambient rather than camera flash.
Add the sequence to your learning log.
In your notes try to describe the difference in the quality of light from the daylight shots in Exercise 4.2.
For this series I went to different locations where a variety of light sources and colours were apparent.
For the most part the shots where hand-held except on mount Coot-Tha for the shots of Brisbane and the woman photographer.
I used a variety of lenses from the 24-70 mm. f 2.8 Tamron SP, 70-200 mm. Tamron SP and a Sigma 150 mm. f 2.8 macro.
After many years smoking, drinking too much coffee and getting older I have to drive up the shutter speeds to keep the photo’s acceptable, this requires some higher than I’d like ISO numbers; hence the choice of Nikon D5 as my camera as it handles low light very well.
The Sporting Page, Chelsea.
The Worlds End Pub, Chelsea.
Cat in a carpet shop.
Photographer, Mt. Coot-Tha, Queensland; Australia.
Brisbane, Mt. Coot-Tha.
Two cats indoors.
Display, Brisbane museum.
Woman using her phone, Koala centre theatre near Brisbane.
Girl waiting for a bus, Fulham.
Contact sheet 1.
Contact sheet 2.
Artificial light can be tricky to get right but is very rewarding when it is.
The different colours and the varying harshness is different from daylight because it is constant once the sun has gone down.
The different light sources also have varying colour temperatures which makes white balance tricky at best.
If there are a mixture of lighting types within a frame white balance can become impossible, the photo of the Worlds end pub is one such case.
It has incandescent, tungsten, HID car lights and coloured lights all in one shot; very tricky but quite pretty.
Bailey’s chip shop was another challenge, varying light sources and different skin tones added to the equation.
I love the city at night, the colours, the reflections and the people and places all take on a different persona once the sun goes down.
Although the white balance can be tricky in post processing, your camera will be fooled; there’s always the lack of places open for coffee when it is cold.