Directional Light

Light is an essential element of every photograph and it is often taken for granted.
Sensitize yourself to the light around you.

In every new location, look for and identify the source(s) of light and what effect they have on the scene.
Look for light sources, patches of light and shadows.
Directional light is created when there is a single source of light or one source that is stronger than others.

You should look for the effect of light and shadow on your subject. Your photographs should show evidence of directional light.
Shadows and highlights are indicators of directional light and become part of your composition.
Shadows become "real" when they are captured in a photograph.

For this assignment, you must have shadows in every image! Do not photograph the light source.
Getting close:
By closing in on a subject, you remove distractions from the surrounding environment and can concentrate with elements of design such as shape, line, and form. clutter. Take ownership of the whole frame, take responsibility for everything in your image, scan the whole frame before you press the shutter.

Shoot at least one roll of film, experimenting with images that have directional light. Shoot some indoors and some outdoors, distant and close-up.
Try shooting at night.


You will hand in a proper proof contact sheet as well as one 8X10 print.
This print will be 8X10 Matted with a Window mat- (we will co
ver matting and mounting in class)
Print as well as you can using contrast control and burning and dodging if necessary.
Be sure to label all your work:
Name, date & roll number on proof sheet.
Name, date, assignment, roll#, frame # on each print.

Paul Pearce