I'm 10 days into my online photography masterclass with Clive Nichols and My Garden School and I've had an enjoyable time crawling around my garden in a hands, knees and bumps-a-daisy fashion, in search of photos to illustrate my learning from the first two lessons.
There's been some frustrating technical glitches in getting into the school's classroom, so much so we've been given the option to defer our class until next month, plus an offer of a 25% discount on a further class if it's taken up by the end of the year. I've decided to crack on with things for now, though I may change my mind later if it continues.
In this post I'll look at the first lesson, Lighting for Flower and Plant Photography.
The collage above shows some of the results which didn't make it into the set I submitted for assessment.
Clive's lesson discussed the main types of light used in photography namely:
- Soft, diffused light
- Window light
- Bright sunlight
- Back lighting
- Side lighting
We were then encouraged to explore further by taking some photographs to illustrate the different types of light available. Sunday morning provided perfect conditions, though I left window light for later as I see it'll be discussed further in a future lesson.
I then selected and submitted my 3 photos for assessment, to illustrate at least two of the different types of light. I also had to write a 50-100 word summary of each shot, to include my own critique of whether or not I thought they were successful.
I'd say the half hour lesson + taking photographs in my garden + selection for submission + write-up took me about 4 hours to complete.
I'll leave you with the three photos I submitted for you to see for yourselves without my critique or Clive's remarks. Note, I'm happy with just one of them, which one do you think it is?
1. Rambling Rector - Back lit
2. Ivy - Side lit
3. Erigeron - Diffuse lit
Coming up next: Lesson 2 - Composition
Previously: Back to School - my introductory post
Update: Happy Mouffetard wrote a great post showing the difference front, side and back lighting can make to the same subject.
Disclosure: I'm taking the course for review purposes as a guest of My Garden School. Views are my own and there are no cookies or affiliate links associated with this series of posts.
Note the discount code shown at the top of this post is only valid until 7th October 2015.