On week 2, we learnt about different lighting techniques; as well as different angles, and the different lighting that there is in the film and tv industry. We had a task about researching about different types of lights, and the terminology of them and how they can be useful by using them in different places of choice for example 3 point lighting can completely change a scene and the way you are filming a certain scene.
I started researching about 3 point lighting, and how you can change the way it looks through the camera and how different lenses, settings and the way you can use certain lights to your advantage for filmmaking.
What is white balance ?
White balance is the process that works during photography, media and film and white balance otherwise known as WB or AWB on cameras fixes and helps get neutralise and fix unrealistic or helps with the colours that are already there, and makes it easier for the photo or the film to look more realistic and colours being out of place during taking a shot or a film.
What is colour temperature?
Colour temperature is a measure of a lights colour, however if you master colour temperature and start to understand it, it helps with photography and film because it takes un natural colours, and helps balance it out. Colour temperature is sorted out into a cast with all the different colours, and knowing the colour temperatures can help you when being on a shoot.
How does the white balance function on the camera work?
The colour balance on the camera works in the menu, and the whole purpose of white balance to help balance the unrealistic colours, and colours that have a high amount of hue so it makes it look more natural, as well as being realistic too.
Practical task –
18 photos in 3 locations showing the impact of the different uses of how white balance is used.
The practical we did today was using all the lighting that we had in front of us, and using them to our advantage for our shots, as well as using our camera settings to white balance them out. We used different objects, and settings on the camera to see the difference to the other 18 photos.
Conclusion of this task –
After doing this task, I felt more confident with the camera settings; and I learnt that using different settings on the camera can really change the way it looks when shooting a certain shot or scene depending on the temperature that the scene was taken at, compared to what it looked like afterwards. I learnt that using this for the feature with filming will definitely be to my advantage because of how colour temperature changes all the time; I can use this for future film and projects by using the white balance, tungsten, fluorescent, cloudy, daylight, custom which is when you can customise what white balance setting you want to adjust, flash and shade.
The conclusion to this take is that after taking tons of photos using different white balancing and colour balancing settings on the camera makes such a huge difference to the photo itself compared to show it looks without anything being changed. However when we used all of the different white balancing settings, it improved it.
Lighting using reflectors
The task we did was using light reflectors that help balance the photo, as well as helping the object being in focus adding golden shadows, black shadows and making the object be less sharpened and more softer. We used the lighting that we had for example the natural lighting near the staircase, and we used the reflectors as well as a fluorescent light to reflect the light onto the main subject.
What is light?
Light is a electric and magnetic field force of energy that transports energy from one location to another, and that magnetic field of energy bounces of each other to create light.
What is 3 point lighting?
3 point lighting is lighting used with 3 different lights, and depending on what kind of scene is taking place. 3 point lighting can change because of the certain location
Practical task –
Four our practical task we had to take photos using the reflector to help add different coloured reflections and shadows from the reflector source which was 4 in 1 reflector which helped us achieve the glow, and soft light in the photos we took.
Gold – From the top, below and the side.
Sliver – From the top, below and the side.
Black – From the top, below and the side.
White – From the top, below and the side.
Conclusion of the task –
Today we decided to explore more about lighting, and how we can completely change the way an image or film looks by using a 4 in 1 reflector that is used on a lot of film shoots especially for basic 3 point shot lighting. I learnt that reflectors can be used for every single shot depending on your lighting that you have available, and if you do have that lighting available it is for the filmmakers advantage for the image to look better for the viewer, as well as the producer conducting those images produced.
I enjoyed this task a lot because I already had background knowledge from my general separate research I do out of college anyway, but having even more open wide knowledge about different ways to use the reflector and lighting. It really expanded my knowledge a alot.
PM (no date) – available at: http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/what-is-colour-temperature
Andor (no date) – available at http://www.andor.com/learning-academy/what-is-light-an-overview-of-the-properties-of-light