I am currently taking a photography course. Each week we have a new assignment, and this week's assignment was shadows. Shadows seemed like such an easy theme, but I wanted to push myself to do something different and add a little bit of creativity into it.
I started to play with objects and different light sources that I had around the house to get some inspiration. I quickly realised that holding a flashlight at a certain height and distance while also being at the proper angle to get the shot was not going to be a one person job. So, I recruited my roommate, Matt, to help me!
We both got really into the assignment. We started with a UV lamp as the light source, but it wasn't producing sufficient shadows. We moved on to using a new LED flashlight my dad recently bought me. That was great for some of the ideas. My roommate has a collection of Aunt Jemima syrup bottles he inherited from his grandmother. We played with them shining the flashlight through the bottle to create beautiful colors onto the wall.
Matt is also an artist, and he has a lot of different tools that he uses to create his art. One of the items he has in his collection is an overhead projector. We set that up in the living room and with it was able to create images by putting an item on the projector itself. Combining the projector with standing or sitting in front of the light source, we were able to make some very creative photos.
I learned a lot about lighting from this project. Up to this point, I have been shooting mostly in natural light. However, I would like to take the next step and learn about studio and other kinds of off-camera lighting. I hope to get an off-camera flash very soon to play with and learn how to use efficiently so that I can expand my photography to include places and events with low lighting.
It was interesting to learn about the angles of the lights and the moods they create as well as the distances that create softer or harder shadows. Here are some of the images I ended up with. Thanks, Matt, for helping out!