Project 1

‘The Languages Of Light’


Project 1 – ‘Layered, Complex and Mysterious…’

Exercise 4.1 – Daylight


Taking the photography of Mann, Atget or Schmidt or a photographer of your own choosing as your starting point, shoot a number of photographs exploring the quality of natural light. The exercise should be done in manual mode and the important thing is to observe the light, not just photograph it. In your learning log, and using the descriptions above as your starting point, try to describe the quality of the light in your photographs in own words.


Initial Response

Light seems hard to capture and good quality images of light. I feel locations with shadow, and low-lit locations may be a good idea to do as these could be interesting to observe. I need the weather to at least not be overcast in order to get a good sun rise or sunset, as I feel the light will be more powerful at this time of day, but will not hesitate to shoot in pure daylight in the middle of the day as the sun will still be out shining. It remotely comes down to the positioning of the sun and how that casts life around the surrounding areas of where I will be. Firstly, to establish a good basis for this exercise I will need to research numerous artists and how they observe light.

Mind Map

To view my mind map, click the link.

Mind Map – 4.1

Artist Annotation

Please click the link to see my thoughts in depth, and how I see Ansel’s work.

Ansel Adams Annotation

Shoot Plan

For this shoot I am going to find a place, at the right time, that will show natural light, and how it casts the image. How it makes the image. I am not sure on the location because that will be decided when I feel it is the right time to take advantage and time to complete the shoot. I will use my mind map and my artist research to help me with this shoot. I also need to keep in mind that I need to keep the camera in manual mode.

Contact Sheet

To view my contact sheet for this shoot, click the link.

Contact Sheet 


Image 1


Image 2


Image 3


Image 4


Images In Colour


Image 1



Image 2


Image 3


Image 4



Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed

Image 1 –

Aperture: 11
ISO: 6400
Shutter Speed: 1/800

Image 2 –

Aperture: 11
ISO: 6400
Shutter Speed: 1/800

Image 3 –

Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 6400
Shutter Speed: 1/2000

Image 4 –

Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 2000
Shutter Speed: 1/800



Please click the link to view. 




Overall, I feel this shoot went rather well. Much better than I anticipated. Mainly because I thought shooting natural light would be very hard. The location I chose I thought was super, as it wasn’t swarmed with natural light, but glimpses shining through the tree’s and made some interesting effects to the images. Not only the really notable natural light, but the subtler light, showed the changes in tones within the flowers especially, along with other aspects of the images. 


Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills

I used various techniques throughout the shoot, and shot in a variety of camera settings and used both portrait and landscape. I also chose interesting shots, and not just the most basic imagery for natural light, but got into positions to make the composition of the images much better. Technically I selected what I thought was the right type of settings to produce my images as this gave me a good exposure without being over, or under exposed. I observed the light and found that the quality of the light was various throughout the images because there were so many trees, walls etc surrounding the location I went, that meant there was going to be less light, and for the time of day I went, so in some areas, the quality of light was not as strong, but you could clearly see where the light was shining the strongest and from what direction. Hint why I took and selected those images. 


Quality of Outcome

I feel that the quality of outcome has been of a good standard. My images clearly show the use of natural light and because they are black and white this shows the tones. I applied my knowledge of location, as I feel that the places I went are not always great at light, but give a wonderful effect when light reaches those kinds of areas. I also used my knowledge to look into Ansel Adams, who I feel uses light really well throughout his landscape images. I have presented my work as normal, in a manner which is readable and understandable. I communicated my ideas, to the best of my ability, by conducting a shoot using natural light, to light a scene. 


Demonstration of Creativity


I could have just gone out and picked any easier place for natural light, but I feel this was harder because there was less light to work with, but better in the respect that it showed many tones and showed the use of natural light and well, and not so well-lit areas in woodland. I experimented with various settings, trying to get the camera to take images that made good exposure, without being over, or under exposed.



I feel like my research was good, I had 4 artists that inspired me, and the little exercise beforehand helped me also in terms of setting up for manual mode. I also feel that my annotations along with the selection process worked well. I feel I gave details of the images, and explained reasoning to my decision making throughout the shoot.


Overall, I think this exercise, along with the mini exercise went well. I have tried to use natural light and I feel I have used it well in my images, to light and to give effect to each one.



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