Teaching Materials - Exercise

Light

Name of Artist Educator: Lai Lon Hin
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude

We are constantly in touch with light. We cannot live without it. We have grown accustomed to its presence. We are easily influenced by it, but we never pay much attention to it.


Concept / Inspiration:

We are constantly in touch with light. We cannot live without it. We have grown accustomed to its presence. We are easily influenced by it, but we never pay much attention to it.

Light is not just a fundamental element in photography, it is also fundamentally essential to our lives. We are constantly in touch with light. We cannot live without it. We have grown accustomed to its presence. We are easily influenced by it, but we never pay much attention to it. A dimly lit restaurant may relax you, a bright hospital room may alarm you. From light, we relearn our everyday life bit by bit; starting from the basic photography lesson, we learn how to shoot with different light source, we come to understand the diversity and importance of light – we observe the world and its details.


Goals:

  1. To let students understand the variety of lights.
  2. To let students pay attention to the colours and colour temperature on the photos using different light sources.。

Materials / Equipment:

  • Camera
  • Candle
  • Lightbulb
  • Light pipe

Location:

Indoor and outdoor


Workshop Description:

Duration: 30 – 45 minutes

  1. Instructor will first bring out the message of diversity of light by demonstrating the outcomes of shooting with different light sources.
  2. Students are divided into two groups, one group will shoot the natural light outdoor.
  3. The other group stays in the dark art room to shoot artificial light (e.g. candles, light bulb, etc.). If possible, switch off the light and lower the window blinds, so that students could focus more on artificial light and other low lights.
  4. Two groups take turns to shoot the natural and artificial lights.

 

Note 1: Remind the students that their subject is light, not any objects.
Note 2: Weather may affect students’ experience of natural light.


Expected Outcome:

This is an exercise designed for everyone to easily achieve. It arouses students’ awareness of light, so that they will be more sensitive to lights.


Actual Outcome:

  1. Some students could not get an accurate focus of the light. They may switch to P-Mode (Programme Automated) – the digital camera will automatically set the aperture and shutter speed to get a proper exposure – so as to be more focused on observing light.
  2. Students discussed the lights at home and their preference in indoor light, they learnt about each other’s different preferences.

Work:

Student Work:

Cheung Chi Ching
P1030685

Yeung Lo
P1030610
P1030613

Fong Ying Tung
P1020705

Cheung Chi Ching
P1030682

Fung Yat Sum
P1060233


Student Feedback:

When students were told to shoot the artificial lights indoor, they were confused because they thought these lights were so common. But after dimming the lights and lowering window blinds, the artificial lights which were of low presence stood out, such as the lights on power switch. It was until then the students realized the differences in all those artificial lights.