Project 15: Space and light

Exercise: Photograph a location in different lighting conditions.

I recently bought an intervalometer and thought that this exercise would be an ideal opportunity to try it out, being able to set the time each shot would be taken. I had never used one before so this was a new challenge for me. I decided to use the kitchen as the place to be photographed, because it is usually a place which is brightly lit and I was curious to find out how it would look early in the morning before breakfast time.

The night before, I positioned my camera on a tripod and used manual focus set to f/19 so that everything would be sharp. I thought I would have more control of the images using manual focus, especially in the darker images which the camera might struggle with on auto focus.

The changes in light would impact on the white balance of each scene since I imagined the resulting photographs would be dark/shaded in the first images and get increasingly brighter during sunrise.

Since this exercise was an exploration into how the camera 'sees' a room in various lighting conditions, I decided to shoot in Jpegs because I didn't want to edit the final images.

I was unsure how the camera would react in the darker moments in the early hours, so I used the bulb setting and exposed each image for 5 seconds.

Below are the resulting images.

The first image was taken late the night before, whilst I was setting the camera up to check focus, and to give a comparison of different lighting. As expected the images progressively get lighter throughout the morning. Each of the morning images were taken at 20 minutes apart. It is very surprising how the light and shadows can change in such a short period of time. I was impressed by how bright the images became. I usually go for the aperture mode on my camera when thinking about taking a photograph. This exercise has demonstrated to me how shutter speed can be used to make images come alive.

This understanding of how to photograph the light and shadow of rooms would be particularly important for estate agents marketing homes. A shadowy photograph of a room might put off a potential buyer, whilst waiting for a brighter image could give the impression of more space and entice a buyer.