Exercise 2.7 People in Light

Brief: Take a series of photos 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.


It has taken me a while to complete this exercise as I needed to wait until I was visiting friends. The majority of the photos were taken on the same day, Although the PDF’s have other photos that were taken on different days.

Having explored the effects of lighting as earlier research, and preparing for painting with light, I decided to focus on different coloured lighting. I prefer the results where I have under exposed the shot because the light highlights the face. When reviewing the PDF’s it is apparent that blue does bring out texture and therefore adds some character to the individual. Red and orange can make the skin look burned, although the very pale orange (immediately before the yellow, does provide a soft finish.

Could I use this type of lighting in the future? If I were completing some events photography with an amateur dramatics group, or with gothics at Whitby Abbey, or if I was creating a model portfolio where character and drama were important requirements.

I would very much like to complete this exercise again at Whitby Abbey, although I would need to work on my set up.

My equipment involved a tripod, remote shutter release, coloured shot glasses, gels, two torches, and black paper to create small snoots. Holding the gels to the torch was difficult and the snoots did not create the laser type light that I wanted. They provided a general coverage of light rather than direct and specific. I do not know how to improve upon this at the moment and any ideas would be gratefully welcomed. I experienced difficulty with holding the torch and snoot, whilst trying to activate the shutter. Previous elements of the course helped me to make use of shutter speed, ISO and aperture so that I could work towards the more focused light that I was looking for.

The mobile phone shot, photo two, is good. The light is very focused, and suggests that a small, rectangular light source, gels and diffuser, close to the model, could well be a way forward on improving this technique.

4 Replies to “Exercise 2.7 People in Light”

  1. I think the whole purpose of this exercise is to experiment and explore, which is exactly what you have done and if initially, you found it difficult to operate the remote with the snoot and gel in hand, it does appear to be better and improved. So its just how much practice we get. Also, the I have included a link that havs some great snoots with gels that come in the front and an entire flashlight can go inside the snoot. I used this for my assignment 2 and found this after many a failed attempts at Amazon – I have included the UK link for your benefit.

    The experimentation is strong here and at the end of it, you understand what different lightings have done which is what you initially did also in the Exploration Of Lighting, Skin Tone, Skin Colour, Makeup, And Costume. Great practice for the final assignment I must say and by the time you reach there, I am sure you would have practiced your skills enough to get a flawless result.

    My main tasks during the two months that I prepared for this assignment was to experiment with different tools. I remember how unsure I was of achieving anything at all but I did manage. My technique was to basically focus on the subject with the lights on and then let the remote shutter hang from the camera – one doesn’t really need to hold it in hand. Or keep it under the tripod on a small stool. This gives you a freedom of both hands to operate the snoot and the light. Even if I didn’t want to switch the flashlight off, I just pressed the snoot with the lit flashlight on to my leg to block of any light leaking out and only removed it once I had reached the exact spot where I wanted to light. You can just keep the snoot with the torchlight onto your stomach and thus it becomes not only handy but also quick to reach out without having to switch the light on and off. I hope I am able to explain what I did, but it worked perfectly for me. Heres the link:


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    1. Thank you so much Archna. Indeed I did by the same snoot when you posted about it with assignment 2. I did make use of the gels, but I had to make smaller snoots because the light comes out of the snoot and spreads too wide to quickly.

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  2. Thank you. You too are amazing Sarah. I still remember a photo of yours from still life where you had such a narrow depth of field that the table front was soft focus, your still life was perfect, and behind them was soft focus.

    I’ve only recently learned how to do that.


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