Studio lighting

This fall, I took an Advance Studio Lighting course at Langara.  Studio lighting isn’t something I was too keen on mastering, since I mostly shoot with natural light.  But this is a pre-requisite course to a host of other courses I want to take, and it’s a part of the degree requirement.  So I sucked it up and registered for it.

I have to say, I have learned a lot during the course, and I actually enjoyed some aspects of it.  I felt like there’s a bit too much home assignments and they really stressed me out.  I would have really liked to have more in-class or in-studio shooting time.  But I have to admit, sometimes struggling through things on my own really solidified the learning for me.

Here’s an image that took me almost 2 hours to set up, compose, shoot, and re-shoot (about 15 times).  The exposure took 30 seconds, and the lighting was done with a flashlight.  I rolled up a piece of construction paper into a cone, and stuck the flashlight into the cone so that only a small beam of light came through the tip of the cone.  I “painted” the scene with this small beam of light, emphasizing certain areas over others to create the un-even and dramatic lighting.  I quite liked the result, and so did my instructor.

Angela Chang Photography-



Cliff and I have been struggling to find time for ourselves.  I guess it’s typical of families with young kids.  But really, it’s my fault.  For a long time, I let my fears get in the way, and refused to get a babysitter.  I worried about messing up Joshua’s routine, and I worried about not being there if something happened.

To make a long story short, I finally started letting go a bit more.  Cliff and I had our first night out in…forever…a few weeks ago.  It made me realize how much we need that time together.  So tonight we went out again after the kids went to bed.  We saw this really cool photography idea on the internet and thought we’d try it tonight.  You whip around a piece of burning steel wool to create spark, and leave the camera shutter open to capture the beautiful streams of flying sparks.

So we headed out to the beach tonight, and brought our bag of steel wool burning supplies with us.  It was pitch black at the beach.  I felt like a teenager, sneaking around, up to no good.  When Cliff lit up the steel wool and started swinging it, the sparks flew and it looked really cool.  The wool would burn out in about 15-20 seconds, so that’s how long I would leave the shutter open.  I thought the pictures looked beautiful.

We went to a local pub afterwards for a drink, and enjoyed each other’s company.  That was a short but fun night, with cool photos to boot.