Exercise 4.2

Exercise 4.2

In manual mode take a sequence of shots of a subject of your choosing at different times on a single day. It doesn’t matter if the day is overcast or clear but you need a good spread of times from early morning to dusk. You might decide to fix your viewpoint or you might prefer to ‘work into’ your subject, but the important thing is to observe the light, not just photograph it. Add the sequence to your learning log together with a timestamp from the time/date info in the metadata. In your own words, briefly describe the quality of light in each image.


I decided to choose a scene from the back window of my well lit kitchen, I set the camera on a tripod and left it in the same, fixed position so that I could better observe the light on exactly the same scene. I took photos over the period of 24 hours.

6:59am – 

10:04am – 

11:42am – 




I set the camera on a tripod and left it in the same position pointing through a window in my kitchen.

I found that you needed to set the light meter more to the left with darker times so as to portray the right light in the photograph. In order to achieve a picture in low light, a slower shutter speed is needed, therefore making a tripod essential to prevent blur. This in turn has an effect of moving objects as you can see by the last photograph, just above the flat roof in the picture is a car going by on the road below and instead of being frozen, it has become a long streak of light. This can be a beautiful effect in some cases, but not desirable in others, it depends on what you want to achieve. The ISO also had to be higher, which can, in turn reduce the quality of the image, making it more “noisy”. The only light I am receiving is artificial light, which will have an ambient effect on a picture.  But overall, the quality of light is low.

During dusk and earlier mornings, the level of light is low, this making it softer and not so harsh, the sky is overcast so would be unlikely to see any shadow and the contrast is low.  The light gives more of a sense of calm and quietness and this time is good when you want to take pictures such as portraits (unless you are looking for stronger contrasts and details in a persons face of course!).

Around the middle of the day, the light is at its strongest. There is more of a contrast (although this isn’t as much as it could be, since the sky is overcast) and the light is colder and more harsh. It is a good quality of light when you want to expose detail.