February Photography Meeting

This meeting we discussed light and shadows. We talked about the different types of light sources and how light makes our photos look more textured or ‘flat’ based on where the direction of light faces our subjects. We experimented with changing the direction of light to see how it affected our pictures and played with shadows to make art from absence of light.

We experimented with different light sources. We added and removed light sources to see what changed. We moved light sources around a subject, and briefly talked about lumens. the way we measure light intensity.
Shadows show us the angle of light against a subject. Shadows can be long or short based on where the light source is facing your subject.
When light comes from behind you can create a silhouette. It blacks out all detail in the shadows. The light that catches along the edge of your subject is called ‘rim lighting’. Rim lighting can create depth to a shadowed figure.

We also talked about how to work with animals. How to keep their attention and interest to produce pictures where the animals look happy, not stressed. Much of it has to do with setting up the shot as much as possible before bringing in the animals and being quick on the shutter release button. We can also train our animals to hold still, look in particular directions, or keep eye contact. The difference between a happy and stressed animals in a picture can change the whole feel of your composition. You can make a good picture better, just by getting some ears forward, some heads high and eyes that gleam for the prospect of treats.

Our meeting could get some things signed off, but there was more than an hour’s worth of stuff to cover. so there’s a few fun projects to do at home.

You can download tonight’s meeting notes and home assignments here:

Next month’s meeting will be held at the Atascadero Grange Hall as we voted to hold all our project meetings at the general meeting every month to help with attendance. Upcoming topics are to talk about composition. Composition is the way things are arranged in your pictures. We’ll talk about perspective, distance, focal points, and if we have time, we can do some fun ‘special effects’ with our pictures.

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