This week, the main topic was lighting and how it was used in a variety of ways.
In the practical sides of this, we learnt how to take pictures using different functions. Those functions were AWB ( Auto White Balance ), which balances the colour if the temperature is too hot or too cold. The others were Daylight,Shadow, Fluorescent, Cloudy. We then had to take pictures using the interior, exterior and both for them to see what effect it had on the pictures. I have found out that outside and inside, the temperature is different. Outside, it was getting bluer and inside, it was getting more red.I have found this task relatively simple as I knew which functions to do and how to use the camera. I would use these in any projects that involves photography and I could develop it by practising more and searching more about it.
In the theory side, we had to learn about Genre which is the type of film.Every genre has a different style of how it tells the story or how it.Science Fiction films for example they have aliens or robots, it is futuristic, the technology has improved. In Western Films, it would be very different; there would be horses and cowboys, salons are the common places to drink, it would also be set in the desert and there would be tumbleweeds rolling on the floor by the wind. In the genre still, we also learnt about Film Noir, which are black and white films made just after the second world war. We watched 10 minutes of 3 films. The first one was The Maltese Falcon, we talked about the use of light in. We also looked Gilda in the same perspective. From the first ten minutes of the films, we looked at the way they used lights. Most of the lights were from the outside. It was very interesting to see how the lights were used in those films as they did not have lights.
The other practical lesson we did was about light and the use of reflector. For the light, we learnt that it was a wave which is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. We looked at the frequency and wavelength; Red has the longest wavelengh therefore the lowest frequency and Violet which is at the opposite, has the shortest wavelength, so a higher frequency. Linked to light but as part of our practical, we learned about the 3 Point Lighting. These 3 are Key light which is the strongest one to illuminate the person, the second one is Fill Light,which is positioned on the other side to zhere the Key Light isand this fill the light on the other side of the subject to show more detail and to remove the shadows. The last one is Back Light which is situated at the back the character to create a rim on the layer of the person, so that we can see the outline. The main practical work we did was using reflectors inside and outside. We had to use the light from the sun or an interior light, the fill light would be the reflector which would reflect the light onto the person. We have found out at the end that the Gold reflector was obviously the most effective,we clearly saw the other side of Kyle’s face. Silver was the second most effective and black was clearly the least effective as it absorbed the light. For the reflector task, I will develop my skills by practising more using different types of light and to position the reflector much closer to the light next time to see the difference between what I did this week and the other trial.
The last lesson we did was to know how to become a lighting engineer. At first, I thought it was just fixing lights, but in fact there is more to it.A lighting engineer would also be the one who sets up the light in the correct place before filming. We had to know how to become one, Work experience is crucial, so that you have knowledge of what is expected when you do the real thing. Then we also learnt about having an internship, apprenticeships and being a freelancer after University. It was an interesting topic, but it is not would I would be interested to do later in life, as I want to be a film editor. Although it is helpful when it comes to film projects when we work as a group.