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Module 152MC Working with Light: Pinhole camera (task three: Control)

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This week my task with the pinhole camera was to take more images but to take control over the lighting.  As with all pinhole shots at first I had to guess what the exposure might be and work from there after seeing the first couple of images.  The image below was shot with an exposure time of two minutes and had nine bursts of flash from different angles aimed at the subject.

The main idea of this task is that I understand more about controlling light, whether this be flash or natural light.  I understand that light is the most important thing in photography and I am constantly reading about how light is used in certain images.  Deconstructing images is something which we will be looking at in more depth over the next few weeks with our lecturers.  This will enable us to have a greater understanding of how certain images have managed to achieve  their appearance.

I decided to experiment with the pinhole negative below.  Instead of making a positive image in the darkroom I decided to scan in the negative and then import this into photoshop.  This then enabled me to invert the colour and pull more detail by using the levels.  Although this was a digital method it was still another way of controlling the light.


Written by Dean O'Brien

May 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm

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  1. Sounds like you’re getting a good grasp of it all Dean. Light is always a tricky element to work with and one which very few people completely master, but continued practice will definitely improve it.


    May 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    • Thanks George. Will keep coming to the Peer reviews. Finding them really helpful

      Dean O'Brien

      May 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

  2. I loved doing pinhole photography at College. I used to photocopy an image onto acete and then press this against the photographic paper so the two images would merge-like a low tech photoshop layers

    Chris Alford

    January 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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