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.