Lesson 7 assignment

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    Hello, here are my pictures for assignment 7.
    First the soft lighting situation:

    They might be simple, but I didn´t have much time last weeks, so I had to submit what I could picture.

    Duncan Rawlinson

    I would like you to re-shoot the hard light image. Think about sharp crisp shadows for your harsh light photograph.

    Your night photo doesn’t really show you understand the assignment.

    Is that ok? 😕

    Thank you!


    Ok, I will do. As soon as possible.


    Here is one from the same series, (I coudlnt take some many pics last days) I think it is a hard light situation…

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Hi there,

    So I think you might be confusing hard light and something that is bright.

    One of the best ways to figure out the kind of light is to look at the shadows. What kind of shadows do you see? Are they sharp? Are they soft? Are they there at all?

    In this photograph the clouds are diffusing the light and making it softer.

    Do you understand the difference?

    Let me know.


    Now that you explain it, yes, i do understand. I was a bit confused when i did the shots. Also, it was some weeks after i read the theory of the lesson. I am not the best example of a good student… hehe. Can I upload an old pic with hard light? I am really busy these days and I want to continue with the course.

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Sure you can.

    I just want you to understand the various kinds of light.


    Ok, thank you. Here is a hard light picture:

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Hi there,

    Yes this is much much better. You have found an image that exhibits the characteristics of hard light.

    First things first. Here is the exif data for this image:
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    User Comment:
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    Date Time: 2010:08:07 17:39:50
    Software: Aperture 3.1.2

    A quick aside I notice that you are using Aperture. I highly recommend Adobe Lightroom going forward. I used Aperture for a few years but it’s nowhere near as good as Lightroom.

    Now this image certainly exhibits the characteristics required by the assignment in terms of hard light. So I think you’ve certainly showed that you understand the assignment now.

    The image itself is very odd. It’s perspective and shadows are very bizzarre and confusing. I do not like the photograph but I do like the bright colors and the fact that it shows hard light perfectly. Otherwise from a composition perspective it is very awkward.

    I think there is something to be learned from this beyond hard light.

    The shadow on the wall makes me feel like I am looking down from the sky. It’s almost an optical illusion.

    What do you think is going on here?

    Whatever the case you’ve nailed the assignment from the light perspective.


    I agree, it was a really awkward atmosphere in that place when I took that picture. It was in summer with really hot and strong wind blowing, the clothes were dancing in a courtyard I found on a walk and projecting it on that yellow wall. Making a good composition was almost impossible, so all together produced this confusing image.

    I will have a try with lightroom. Is it a freeware? or do I have to pay for it? I am quite comfortable with Aperture, because it keeps things simple and I don´t like so much the processing part. But I will give a try to lightroom.

    See you in the next lesson.

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Adobe Lightroom is not free but it’s worth every penny!

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