Natural and North Facing Light

In Thursday’s lecture, we started to learn about exposure in both natural and north facing light and how to use if effectively in our work.

Firstly, we went outside to find north facing light on our campus and used it to take portraits of our fellow classmates. We also played around with sheets of paper which acted like reflectors and brightened specific areas of our subjects if we wanted them to.


The North facing light means the light on the subject is constant, meaning there are minimal to no shadows around the subject, and all images taken in this kind of light should have a similar look to them. This particular image looks very cold, this may also be because it was slightly overcast.

After working with North facing light, we used natural light in the lecture room to see how it worked on different exposure stops.

From left to right, the exposure stops used in these images are 1/60th, 1/30th and  1/15th second. The aperture on all of the images was 4.3 and all images used an ISO of 200. This exercise enabled me to understand the difference exposure time can make to essentially the same image.
As well as this, the light in each image will be different on the subject as the subject often moves, especially in portraiture photography. This, again is evident in these images as the subject is looking in different directions in all three images.


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