Field Notes Job Aid: Week 1 – Silhouettes and Shadows
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Focus: Light and Shadow
Seasonal Theme: Autumn
Tip of the Week: Use the low-angle autumn sun to create dramatic silhouettes or long
shadows. This can add a mysterious or whimsical touch to your photos.
- Golden Hour: Aim to shoot during the golden hour for soft, warm lighting.
- Camera Settings: Use a smaller aperture (higher f-number) for silhouettes and a
- larger aperture (lower f-number) for shadows.
- Composition: Remember the rule of thirds and leading lines to make your subject
- stand out.
Introduction to Light and Shadow
- Remember: Light direction matters. Note where the sun is in relation to your subject.
- Quick Tip: Use your hand to gauge the light direction.
The Golden Hour
- Remember: The golden hour is approximately an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset.
- Quick Tip: Use a golden hour calculator app to find the exact times.
- Remember: For silhouettes, underexpose your subject; for shadows, balance exposure between subject and shadow.
- Quick Tip: Use spot metering for more control over exposure.
- Remember: Rule of thirds, leading lines, and framing can make or break a photo.
- Quick Tip: Use your camera’s grid feature to help with composition.
Review and Critique
- Remember: Always be open to feedback; it’s how you grow.
- Quick Tip: Take notes on feedback for future reference.
Weekend Challenge: The Autumn Story
- Remember: Consistency is key. Stick to a theme or narrative.
- Quick Tip: Plan your shots in advance to tell a cohesive story.