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PHOTO-ASSIGNMENT 04: Make Love With Light | Zen Camera By David Ulrich

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This assignment is a series of mini-exercises around light and colour:

1. Make Light The Primary Subject

Constraints Of The Assignment:

  • Use light as the primary subject in your photograph – where light becomes the active force and the subject is the receptive, or secondary object.

Purpose Of The Assignment:

  • Some objects are defined by the light falling on them, while other objects and elements have light passing through them. The purpose is to play with light and celebrate it.

Specifications:

Duration: 1 January, 2021 – 15 January, 2021.

Photographs From The Assignment:

My Experience:

While doing this part of the assignment, I realized that light is the most important element of photography for me, and I am most attracted to it, even more than color, form, or composition. I constantly found myself reaching for my DSLR or mobile phone camera as I kept noticing very interesting light and shadows around me. As I am realizing now, light is becoming a common element in all my photographs, something that is resonating deeply with me and hopefully will give rise to a unique style in the future. Most photographers vouch for the golden hour for optimal photography, the naturally diffused lights, often very golden. But, I seemed to be more thrilled to see the high-contrast shadows and forms in the middle of the day.


2. Photograph The Same Subject In Different Kinds Of Light

Constraints Of The Assignment:

  • Take one subject, easily accessible to you.
  • Photograph it in different kinds of light, at different times of the day, different types of weather, and different seasons of the year.

Purpose Of The Assignment:

  • Keeping an ongoing visual record of how the same subject looks with different qualities of light.
  • Noticing how the same subject can generate dozens of images containing entirely different feels from one another.
  • Learning to synchronize the subject with the kind of light that best expresses your intent.

Specifications:

Duration: 24 hours.

Location: Kolkata.

Photographs From The Assignment:

Photograph of the same dried tree using different intensities of light from the flash, late winter evening.

My Experience:

This was particularly difficult for me. Firstly, I had difficulty even choosing which subject to photograph. Experimenting with natural light posed another challenge.


3. Study The Use Of Light And Color

Guidelines Of The Assignment:

  • Study how accomplished photographers use light, how it becomes part of their style and a central component of their expressive toolbox.
  • Study the use of light and color not only in photographer’s work but in cinema, painting (historic and contemporary), television, and three-dimensional works like sculpture, architecture, and interior design.
  • Look particularly at the paintings of Edward Hopper, the portraits of Rembrandt, the photographs of Ansel Adams, and the self-portraits of Cindy Sherman.
  • Study the use of overly light, highly saturated warmish colors used in the update of the classic TV show, Hawaii-Five-O.

Specifications:

Duration: 11 December, 2020 – 17 February, 2021.

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