Photography 118 C

Available Light

  • 3 Units -
  • 2 hour lecture,
  • 4 hour lab

 

COURSE CONTENT AND SCOPE (instructional topics or units)

  1. Introduction
    1. History of photography in natural and urban environments
    2. Review the work of other photographers and the impact of light in their images
    3. Current lighting trends in photography
  2. The Nature, Impact and Use of Ambient Light in Photography
    1. The quality of light
      1. Existing light
      2. Supplemental light
    2. Utilizing light photographically
      1. Recognition of Light and Shadow
      2. Exposure options
      3. Contrast ratios
  3. Lighting and Equipment Sources
    1. Supplemental lighting equipment
      1. Use of reflectors, fill cards, black flags and gobos
      2. Use of portable flash
    2. Accessories
      1. Light meters
      2. Tripods and supports
      3. Filter uses and applications
  4. Lighting Techniques
    1. Ambient Light
    2. Supplemental lighting
      1. Flash and hot light techniques
      2. Exposure control, lighting ratios
      3. Basic lighting strategies
    3. Mixed lighting considerations
      1. Interior
      2. Exterior
  5. Lighting Applications
    1. Lighting for photographic definition and composition
      1. Aesthetic considerations; hard versus diffused light
      2. Lighting for two-dimensional reflective and non-reflective subjects
      3. Lighting for impact and drama
      4. Lighting for shape, texture and form
      5. Shadowless lighting
    2. Specialty lighting techniques and applications
      1. Night Photography
      2. Editorial
      3. Fashion/Portrait lighting techniques
  6. Portfolio Production
    1. Determining a theme
    2. Presentation
    3. Editing