How to create a lighting diagram…

Lighting diagrams can be used for many purposes. They allow you to keep track of your lighting set up if you need to recreate the same scenario in the future and can also be used by your assistants to set up a lighting scene that you have in your mind. I am aware of two main websites where you can create a lighting scenario/diagram:

www.strobox.com & www.lightingdiagrams.com & www.sylights.com (here you can also add a comment to your diagram which I find very useful).

I have used Strobox to create my diagram (remark: Online Lighting Diagram Creator and Strobox Community cooperate together in order to offer the photography community the best of both their tools). If you want to give it it go, follow the instructions below:

On the home page click on the Create tab and this will open a new diagram with basic objects (backdrop, subject, flashgun, umbrella and camera). You can choose to clear the diagram above the canvas and start creating your own or simply adjust the given diagram (add/delete objects). To choose new objects place your mouse over the “Lighting Objects’ tab on the left side of the canvas and choose the objects which suit your scenario. There is a disadvantage that you cannot record the distances of the objects from each other, but you can keep those in your notes as the distance is very critical in lighting scenarios. In addition, the light power cannot be logged.

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© Gina D Photo Pty Ltd 2014

Activity 3: Space, time key and colour – Angles/Point of view in Photography (VC)

The objective of this activity is to enhance the awareness of how the “point of view” changes the narrative and overall impact of the resulting image. This will be presented by taking a different series of photographs of an object in all axes: up, down, left, right, forward and back, plus applying pitch and yaw.

Different angles have a very large impact on the perception of the subject. It has a effect on the story the photo is telling. Also we (humans) can see the world as three dimensional, but in a photography we are capturing the subject in two dimensional and this is when using different angles might be helpful to refine the perception of the image. There are six different angles of the tape dispenser below from different angles.

1. Back and right

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This photo has been taking by placing the shoe (tape dispenser) in the back to get the whole reflection and seeing the right side of the shoe. It gives a great angle to see the shape of the subject but it is not obvious immediately it is a tape dispenser. Direct (eye level in portrait photography) is a standard way of shooting a photo.

2. Forward and up

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This photo has been taking from below and forward (very close to the subject). This emphasizes the whole subject by shortening the focal length. The subject now cover major part of the image and the shoe seems much larger then it is as the photo is taken from below. You would hardly guess now this is a tape dispenser unless paying attention to the details of the shoes for some time.

3. Down

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When taking a photo of the subject from above, we now clearly have displayed it is a tape dispenser and also it does not look like a large shoe now as the subject appears much smaller.

4. Left

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This image shows the shoe from its left side and back side so it emphasizes the heel which now looks a bit longer. It is taking straight at the shoe from a bit above, so the shoe does not appear as big.

5. Pitch

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The fifth image has been taken by tilting the camera a bit down at the subject. It is not as significant as looking down at the subject but it again gives a better perspective of what is this subject and its real size. We can easily tell it is a tape dispenser which is not very large, definitely not a shoe size, just the emphasize is not as strong. Opposite effect would be created by tilting the camera from below the subject. So when shooting a portrait of a person, if we want to accent the power of the person, we would shoot a bit from below. By taking a photo from above a person we are putting them in a bit of diminished.

6. Yaw

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Adding a yaw to the photo helps us to create a dramatic photo. It can get the attention and create a curiosity of the viewer.

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