Photography in Darkness

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week. This week I am going to talk about my third project from my Advanced Illustration and Advertisement class.

This project consisted of photographing an object in a completely dark room with your only light source being a LED light. For my LED light I used the flashlight on my Iphone.

At first I didn’t know what to photograph for this project so I pondered for a few days until I had an idea come to me while I was reading a book, something I’ve found myself doing more often due to quarantine. The idea come to me because I tend to read books that have dark themes in them.

I then looked through my book shelf to find some books that were connected around a dark theme. Once I found a good set of books that I was happy with, I started to stack them. I staggered them so that all the titles could be seen when I shined the LED light of my flashlight on them.

Once I have them stacked in a way that I was happy with I set up my camera. I had to look through my emails to find the settings that my professor sent us. He wanted our ISO to be 640 and a shutter speed of at least 15 seconds.

I placed my camera on some of the extra books that I pulled from my bookshelf because I didn’t have my tripod close by. After I had my camera set up I turned the flashlight on my phone on, then shut the lights off in the room I was photographing in so I didn’t bump my camera in complete darkness.

I took around 50 photographs to get the one I liked best. Each of the titles of my books reflected light in a different way, so I had to be careful where I positioned the light and on what book titles I put the emphasis of light on. Here is the final result of the project.

books in darkness

That’s all for this week! Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! I’ll talk to you all next week!

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