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Photography Lessons on Controlling Light
Students in photography class

One thing the San Domenico campus has a lot of is light! With 515 acres to work with, photography students experimenting with different light settings have a lot of locales from which to choose... which is exactly what they did! In our freshman photography class, students learned about three-point lighting and using diffusers and reflectors to control natural light. They used the Light Scavenger Hunt to find different locations on campus, adapting their techniques to those unique lighting conditions and rotating roles of photographer, subject, and gaffer (the artist who controls light on a shoot). 

Example of before good lighting is used.

Before

 

Example with good lighting.

After

If you look at the “before” photos, the light is unflattering, casting harsh shadows on the subject. This creates the 'squinty' face. If you look closely at the “after” photos, there is a "key" light, "fill" light, and "backlight," creating a more professional look - an impressive feat for first-year photographers. I am excited to see what the students continue to create by knowing how best to manipulate the light environment for the best compositions.

Example of before good lighting is used.

Before

Example with good lighting.

After

— Yoel Iskindir, US Film and Photography Teacher