Photo Students on a 5-Day tour of National Parks in the South West

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Building on what we have learned this year, photo students set out on an adventure to the South West.  With the help of a student impact grant from the CHSN PTSA, landscape photographer Michael Malandra provided workshops and hands on experience both before and during the trip.

Stay tuned for an exhibit of work after our post editing sessions with Mike.


Studio Lighting

Studio Lighting

Types of Light

1. Continuous Light (stays on)

  • Example: sun, room lighting, light bulbs
  • All have different qualities to them – not all made equally
  • Type of light you experience with the sun is different than the light experienced with fluorescent lights
  • The different types of continuous lighting emit different types of light that are different colors
  • Example: Taking a picture inside with light bulbs around and the pictures come out yellow-ish/orange

On digital cameras you can find this under WB (white balance)

~different types of light emit different colors

  • Example: Sun, light bulb, cloud
  • Direct/Natural Sunlight (SUN) -downside of this is shadows.
  • Incandescent/Tungsten Bulb: Literally hot, makes warm tones in your photos (BULB)
  • Flourescent: Makes cool tones (SCHOOL LIGHTS)
  • Diffused Light: Overcast (CLOUDS)
  • Diffused light is the best lighting scenario: all the tones stay even and you can achieve whites

2. Strobe Lighting (Burst of Light)

  • Camera Flash (ON Camera Strobe)
  • Strobe Light (OFF Camera Strobe/Flash)
  • Strobe Light HAS to sync with your camera
  • Replaces the shutter speed, do not have to set shutter speed
  • Still have to set the F-STOP, using higher ones such as 16 and 22, to get a large DOF, and so that the strobe light doesn’t overexpose the subject we are looking at
  • Strobe Light has a reserve, just as the camera flash does, after using it it needs to recycle the energy again
  • Strobe Light connects to the camera where the flash typically does at the hot shoe
  • If we have two lights, we want them to fire at the same time, both lights communicate and shoot at the same time
  • Flash on the camera can also sync with the strobe light

Direction of Light

  • When doing a shoot, you are making decisions about the distance of light, angle of light, and the height of the light
  • You can control the path!

1. Light Behind the Subject = Silhouette

2. One Light on One Side = Strong directional shadows; moody/artistic

3. Two Lights at Same Angle and Height = MOST COMMON FOR PORTRAITS/ minimize shadows

  • 45 degree angle
  • Eye level
  • Standard Portraits

There are two lights inside:

  1. Coil Light – Strobe
  2. Modeling Light – Continuous
  • Allows us to be totally in control of all the light in the room
  • You need a light on to set up the shoot

Strobe Light Vocabulary

  1. Modeling Light: Continuous light source in the strobe light, used for setting up the shoot and focusing
  2. Synch Cord: Connects the light source (flash) to the camera
  3. Hot Shoe: Synch cord gets plugged into the hot shoe, a mount that sits on the top of the camera, used to connect flashes or synch cord
  4. Slave: Enables you to use multiple lights, part of the strobe light that allows you to fire multiple lights and have them communicate
  5. Ambient Light – Available Light

Power: Big red button with thunderbolt above it

Modeling Light: Gray button with light bulb above it (continuous light source)

Slave: Eye above it, to turn on the slave feature

Test/Recycle: Smaller red button used to recycle the energy in your flash, you can use just to test if the flash is working

Output Dial: You can turn up the power of light

Reflector Umbrella: Diffuses the light and spreads the light evenly for a well-lit picture

  1. Silver Umbrella: Harsher/Stronger Light
  2. White Umbrella: Softer Light