Light Motion



Take three different sets of photos that work with the quality and direction of light and three sets that work with the speed of your shutter and the movement of both the subject and the camera.

36 DIGITAL Images – 6 GOOD images of each type – delete bad ones as you go

Make sure all photos look unique (don’t just take 6 photos in the same spot!)

Photo 2: Make sure you have the same OBJECT (not just person) in each shot – this will take some planning!

Photography is often referred to as ‘painting with light’. In seeing where light comes from, the quality of light and how to use this, rests the real secret of photography. Most novices think a bright sunny day is the best to take pictures – not so! Any kind of light is good – you just have to know how to use it!

1 – Flat Light

Means: No shadows, light from many sources, gray skies
Good for: Close-up pictures of faces
Why: Flattering, makes skin look soft, No squinty eyes

2 – Backlighting

Means: The light is in back of the subject.
TIP: Use a window or Door.
HOW: 1. Stand in front of the Window and look out.
2. Adjust camera’s light meter for the light outside.
3. Step back and get subject between you and the light

3 – Sidelighting

Means: The subject is lit from the side.
Good For: Emphasizes texture, shape, form – called ‘Modeling’
TIP: For softer effect use a reflector on the ‘dark’ side
(A large white piece of paper or some aluminum foil)


Controlling what is in focus and what is blurred in a picture is a big part of photography. Objects that are blurred look like they are moving in the picture. Fast moving objects can be ‘frozen’ in time. See how it works in the second part of this assignment.

4 – Slow Shutter

Means: Shutter speed of 1/25 sec. or slower
Good For: Sharp background, blurred moving object.
How: Focus where you know a object is going to pass
(a bike, a car, somebody running etc).
When the object comes along, take your picture.
TIP: Find some means of supporting the Camera.
If you don’t, the background will be fuzzy.

5 – Panning

Means: You move the camera right to left or left to right
as you take the picture with a slow (1/25) shutter.
Good For: Sharp moving objects with blurred backgrounds.
How: Stand on the sidewalk and focus the camera
on the other side of the street.
Move the camera with the object as it moves
through the picture
Don’t stop moving the camera when you press
the shutter – keep moving!

6 – Fast Shutter

Means: Shutter speeds of 1/125 sec. or faster
Good For: Freezing motion – looks like subject is still.
TIP: Use faster Shutter Speed for faster objects

Hand in ALL 36+ photos, grouped by type. Make your best image larger and explain why you think this is the best image. (On your Blog, Website or document)


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