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Chapter 4 Assignments

Paint with light

Add light painting to your night photography repertoire. Experiment with a variety of subjects. Try angles that accentuate texture, and try placing the light source inside the frame. Experiment with different colors and color temperatures. But remember to paint in the shadow areas, not in the highlights.

Write with light

Bring your light source into the frame and point it back at the camera. Draw simple shapes and designs. Familiarize yourself with writing words backward, and use different light sources to create patterns. Spin the light around to create a ball of light. When you get comfortable, challenge yourself to make it about more than just the drawing. Try to make the light writing and the environment complement each other.

Create a night portrait

Hone your slow sync capabilities, and be the hit of the next party with shots that show just the right amount of flash and movement. Tell people to hold still after the flash fires, or play with time and have them be ghosts in the shot. Mix in as much ambient light as possible, but be aware of it burning into your portrait.

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