Exercise 36 The Lighting Angle

Fig. 01 African Head - 1/60 at f/16, ISO 100 speed light in softbox above subject

Fig. 01 African Head – 1/60 at f/16, ISO 100 speed light in softbox above camera

Exercise 36 is a useful exercise and has created a useful reference chart for the effects of a single diffused light.

Fig. 02 Lighting Comparison chart

Fig. 02 Lighting Comparison chart

Beyond the obvious effects of moving the light fore and aft and up and down the most interesting differences have occurred with the colour of the subject. It shows that the most saturated colour occurs with the light just left of the camera and at the same level as the subject, at 45 degrees to the subject and 45 degrees above and when the light is above the camera so more than 45 degrees above the horizontal.

Fig. 3 Light above subject

Fig. 3 Light above subject

Above the subject reduces the texture and gives a flat light.

Fig. 04 Light 45 degrees left and 45 degrees above

Fig. 04 Light 45 degrees left and 45 degrees above

45 degrees above the subject strengthens the colours.

Fig. 05 Light 90 degrees left at same height as subject

Fig. 05 Light 90 degrees left at same height as subject

45 and 90 degrees gives the most depth but by comparing fig. 4 and fig. 5 it can be seen that there is much greater colour strength when the light is higher as it is in fig. 4.

Fig. 06 Light at 135 degrees left and 45 degree above

Fig. 06 Light at 135 degrees left and 45 degree above

Theoretically there should be more form and shape at 135 degrees and this might be try if the subject was also being lit by a fill light from 135 degrees right but the deep shadow reduces the sense of depth.

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