Project 2

‘The Languages of Light’


Project 2 – The Beauty of Artificial Light


Exercise 4.2 – Artificial Light



Capture ‘the beauty of artificial light’ in a short sequence of shots (‘beauty’ is, of course, a subjective term). The correct white balance setting will be important; this can get tricky – but interesting – if there are mixed light sources of different colour temperatures in the same shot. You can shoot indoors or outside and the light can be ambient or handheld flash.

Add the sequence to your learning log. In your notes try to describe the difference in the quality of light from the daylight shots in Exercise 4.1.

(Bloomfield, 2018)

Initial Response

Artificial light seems like a really fun shoot, because you can do so much with the light and so many different scenarios can be created from using various colours of light. I am not quite sure of the plan of action yet, but I will be gathering some inspiration from some research first before exploring what I can try to create a unique, fun shoot.



Mind Map

For my mind map, about some key information that I may need reminding about, click the link, to view.

Mind Map

Shoot Plan

For my shoot, I plan to use artificial light, to light up a scene, create a mood of sort. I am looking to use colour especially throughout and will explore many scenarios using light and how it can change the meaning of an image, and how it can present itself in the image instead of neutral artificial light. The location will take place in a number of places which I will decide when conducting the shoot, which I will feel that will best represent to shoot.

Contact Sheet

Please click the link to view the contact sheet.

Contact Sheet


Image 1


Image 2


Image 3



Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed

Image 1 –

Aperture: 4.5
ISO:  6400
Shutter Speed: 1/25

Image 2 –

Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 320
Shutter Speed: 1/60

Image 3 –

Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 6400
Shutter Speed: 1/8



To read my analysis on the images, click the link.




I feel like this has been one of my weaker shoots on this course. I think my planning and execution could have been made better firstly. I didn’t realise it got dark so late and I was not properly prepared for the shoot. Some of my ideas did not work at all and I did not feel that my images were really strong because of this. The final three images I feel work, but are limited. I think that I could have produced something more spectacular when working with even longer exposure. My research I felt was broad, but I did not follow up many aspects when doing my own shoot. I think, I was overthinking what I could do that was unusual, rather than cementing a solid shoot. If I was to re shoot, I think I would try something that involved shadow more, as I realised this would be of interest to me when I was shooting for this shoot. 

Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills

For this shoot, I used techniques that I had already known and observed the light and how to capture it. Technically I used Manual mode to adjust the exposure and to create enough light to hit the sensor in order to create the desired effect. Compositionally, I think my images work, from the angles I have taken them at. Because the darkness surrounds the main subject, it is hard to know where I am stood, but I can ensure that I did not take them from the easiest positions to make sure my images, sat well compositionally. 


Quality of Outcome

Although I am pleased with my shoot, I thought my communication of ideas were poor. I had it all thought out in my head and in my planning, but when it came to execution, I do not feel it was how I pictured it to be, and how I thought the shoot would go. But, I do think that I demonstrated the beauty of artificial light and various colours, and the colours against the darkness which surrounds the frame. I have tried to apply my knowledge throughout and tried using MF and long exposures etc. to try and capture images that fulfil the brief.  My work, has been produced in its usual manor, easy to follow, and read and presented in a way in which flows nicely.

Demonstration of Creativity

My constant thought throughout this shoot was how I could be creative, and I think it overwhelmed me. My final product I think shows big creativity, as I think that the artificial light creates a false sense of realism and creates an illusion as such. For example, the window (image 1) doesn’t look like a window because of the angle I am taken it from and looks very strange. I tried experimenting with the light throughout but I feel that quite a lot of my ideas were poorly executed and did not have the outcome I hoped for when I tried them. For example, I used the double doors and a red light, to make them seem scary and intimidating, but this was not the case, and I had to look for other things I could do with the artificial light in order to set a mood, and to make the images seem empty and hollow. 


My research, I feel had a good variety of artists and helped inspire my shoot. My thinking behind the shoot was hindered by the fact I maintained my focus on trying to go for one certain thought in my mind. My reflection on the shoot has been very beneficial and think will drive me to a very strong shoot, if I was ever to revisit artificial lighting.


Overall, the body of work selected I feel works the brief, and although are slightly different share the same concept.

© Lewis.Gibson.Photography.2019

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