The word Photography comes from two words: photo = light, and graphy = drawing. When you are taking pictures you are drawing with light. People tend to get hung up with the technology of photography. Cameras are cool little contraptions, Photoshop can do a lot of fun stuff, but the heart and soul of the image comes from your use of light. To use it effectively you need to know the different options you have and what each option looks like. This assignment should help you to understand and apply the different light options more effectively.  

The subject for this assignment is fall leaves.The leaves are turning right now so I wouldn't wait to long to start this. Besides looking for interesting colors and compositions, consider how the light is striking the leaves. Try photographing leaves in a tree with the light coming from behind or from the side. Try photographing leaves in the water or with drops of water or moisture on them. Try photographing with diffused light (on a cloudy day), or with hard direct light (on a sunny day-if you can find one : ). Remember, when you are photographing you are drawing with light. Use the light in a creative way. Feel free to move the leaves from their original location.

For this assignment use the 3 characteristics of light in a creative way:

Quality - Is the light hard or soft? A cloudy day provides soft light, a sunny day hard light. You can also find soft light in the shadows on a sunny day.

Quantity - Bright sunlight is more intense than light in the shadows.

Direction - Is the light coming from behind, in front of, or on the side of the subject?

 TURN IN:    
  Three 5x7 or 8x10 native resolution files of leaves using light in a variety of ways. Name the files: leaves1.psd, leaves2.psd, leaves3.psd. Save them in a folder in your photo folder named "leaves".  

Your assignment will be graded using these criteria:

From Mr. P's Photo Rubric

Is you image original, innovative and daring, or just another example of the same old thing? Does it fulfill the requirements for the assignment (see assignment requirements above) ?

Have you used the appropriate elements and principles of design that would enhance your photograph or did you just shoot what was in front of the camera? Have you used good composition or did you just place the center of interest in the center because it was easy?

Camera Techniques: Is the image sharp/in focus? Is the exposure correct? Was the appropriate aperture/shutter speed used (if applicable for your camera), did you find the best angle?

Computer Techniques: Is the image sharp/in focus? Is it resized correctly? Is it color corrected and sharpened?

Presentation: Is the artwork presented in a professional manner as outlined in the assignment?

Good luck