For this assignment we are taking our mind off of lines and repetitive shapes and forms and we are now looking for light. More specifically, we are looking for shadows. It’s difficult to say something like, “Go shoot great quality of light.” What is “great quality of light” anyway? Soft light can have a great quality to it but you can take a horrible photograph in it. Hard light has a great quality to it. You can use hard light to your advantage and hard light can kill your shot.
Shadows are an easier theme and subject to go after. While light is what we are chasing for this assignment you cannot forget about lines and form and pattern. You see, there’s a lot to think about when you pull the camera to your face and push the button. Line. Shape. Form. Light. Shadow. Contrast. That’s the short list. That’s just the first second of thoughts in your head. The list grows longer and longer as you work on your craft. These assignments will keep the list growing for sure.
While you are out shooting for this assignment I want you to take a photograph and then examine it. Ask yourself, “Does the shadow make the shot?” or “Do the shadows make the shot?”
Is the photograph a picture of something that has shadows in it? Or do those shadows make the shot? If the shadows aren’t making the shot then try another angle. Come back at another time of day. If you are using lights of any kind to make the shadows then you need to move your light source closer. Or further away. Or change the angle to the subject. Or change your camera angle. Find that intersection where subject, angle, light, and shadow come together to where the shadow makes the shot.
This assignment is open from May 31st to June 14th 2014. This is for NEW work and NEW work only. Make sure the clock on your camera is set correctly! Get the hell out of your archives and go shoot some fresh new photographs. Share your work with us via the DEDPXL communities on Flickr, Google+, or 500px. If you share on 500px please be sure to hashtag your photos DEDPXL03. We aren’t looking at IG this time around. I’ll probably go there again when I find a better viewing solution for the critiques.
After June 14th Meg and I will do a group critique and then the next assignment will be announced.
What I enjoy most about these is seeing the massive array of photographs that can come from one simple assignment. There’s an assignment coming up where we will all be shooting the same subject matter. It’s going to be really interesting to see how that is approached by so many people. Y’all enjoying these so far?
Tech Note :: The video above was shot with the new Panasonic GH4. It was shot in 4k and edited in 1080. I’m loving this new camera and I’m loving the ability to crop and change the shot while editing. If you notice the jump cuts in the video above those are done using the same piece of footage with zero loss in quality. Since 4k is 200% larger than 1080, you have the ability to cut to a different crop. I’ll be talking about this camera in the next “Moving to Motion” blog post.