Field Notes Job Aid: Week 1

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.

Quick Tips

  • 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.

Camera Settings

  • Remember: For silhouettes, underexpose your subject; for shadows, balance exposure between subject and shadow.
  • Quick Tip: Use spot metering for more control over exposure.

Composition Techniques

  • 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.

Happy shooting!πŸ“ΈπŸ‚