Category Archives: Exercises

Rain

This was another interesting exercise, in that we were given a specific topic, rain,  and had to find an interesting and attractive way of depicting it.  I started by brainstorming some of the options, bearing in mind that we had been … Continue reading

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Juxtaposition

The brief for this exercise was to bring together two or more related elements to illustrate something.  This could be a still life setting, using symbols or objects and/or lighting to show the connection or it could be using a … Continue reading

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Symbols

No photographs for this exercise, just ideas of symbols that might be used to depict a subject: Growth: buds, shoots, new leaves, stubble on a man’s chin Excess: fat, alcohol, a picture of a drunk, scales showing 12 stone Crime: … Continue reading

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Evidence of action

One photograph in which it can be seen that something had happened and the exercise asks for 5 examples of concepts that are used in advertising to depict that something had happened.  The example given was advertising and the fact that … Continue reading

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Contrast and shadow fill and concentrating light

One of the things that interests me about some of the photographs in the recommended text, particularly with those photographers who photograph people, is how they use the shadows to produce interest.  So although in this exercise the idea seems … Continue reading

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The lighting angle

This was without a doubt the most difficult and frustrating exercise I have attempted so far.  Difficult because I found the juggling of flash and diffuser quite tricky.  I tried a variety of flashes; my SB 600 with a sync cord that … Continue reading

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Softening the light

This is the first of the exercises on photographic lighting and it wasn’t entirely successful, I think for a number of reasons. Without diffuser I chose two different subjects, a lit candle and a glass of wine, neither particularly easy … Continue reading

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