Light, Mood, and Shadow

Light, Mood, and Shadow

The use of light and shadow to create mood is an effective way to create drama and emotion in a photograph. In this assignment, you will explore the rule of thirds in photography.

Readings and Resources

  • TBA

Instructions

To complete the exercise, consider the following guidelines:

  • Identify several scenes that you feel are dramatic and could provoke a certain mood with the skillful use of light and shadow;
  • Shoot at least 3-5 shots of each scene, experimenting with your compositions;
  • Crop and and process your photographs using Adobe PhotoShop, or an image manipulation program of your choice;
  • From the scenes you have photographed, select 3-5 overall examples that illustrate the masterful use of light and shadow;
    • Save these examples for your final portfolio;
  • Read and examine the evaluation criteria listed in the rubric below and self-evaluate your selections;
  • Select ONE of your photographs for evaluation.
  • Follow all guidelines for proper submission of your photograph and portfolio.

Evaluation

Rating Criteria

  • 4 = Excellent
  • 3 = Above Average
  • 2 = Average
  • 1 = Below Average
  • 0 = Unacceptable (improper assignment, total lack of effort, not submitted, or plagiarized)

General Assignment

4 3 2 1
All assignment instructions are meticulously followed. Assignment deadlines were met. Photograph was submitted and labeled properly. All assignment instructions are followed. Assignment deadlines were met. Photograph was submitted and labeled properly. Most assignment instructions are followed. Assignment deadlines were met. May have minor problems photograph submission and/or labeling. Assignment instructions not followed. Assignment deadlines may not have been met. May have minor problems photograph submission and/or labeling.

Photographic Composition

4 3 2 1
Overall composition is excellent and exceeds expectations. Composition exemplifies the use of light and shadow use in photographic composition. Use of light and shadow creates exceptional drama and provokes a strong mood. Photograph is effectively cropped. Overall composition meets expectations. Composition shows an above average grasp of light and shadow use in photographic composition. Use of light and shadow creates credible drama and  mood. Photograph is effectively cropped. Composition may have a minor problem with the above criteria. Overall composition somewhat meets expectations. Composition shows a basic grasp of light and shadow use in photographic composition. Use of light and shadow creates mild drama and mood. Photograph is effectively cropped. Composition may have several minor problems with the above criteria. Overall composition does not meet expectations. Composition shows a lack of understanding of light and shadow use in photographic composition. Use of light and shadow is nonexistent or creates no drama or mood. Photograph may not be effectively cropped. Composition has several problematic areas.

Creativity and Critical Perspective

4 3 2 1
Scene selection is thoughtful and shows a high level of creativity. The scene is unique and aesthetically pleasing, effectively engaging the viewer, eliciting an emotional response. Scene selection is thoughtful and shows an above average level of creativity. The scene is aesthetically pleasing, effectively engaging the viewer, eliciting a mild emotional response. Scene selection shows an average amount of creativity and may exhibit a low level of effort. The scene is common and may be cliche. Overall, the photograph somewhat engages the viewer, eliciting little to no emotional response. Scene selection shows a below average level of creativity and lack of effort. The scene is unique and aesthetically pleasing, effectively engaging the viewer, eliciting an emotional response.

Technical Evaluation

4 3 2 1
Technical quality is excellent. Photograph is properly focused. All aspects of the composition are properly exposed (not too light or dark). No problems with harsh contrast, red-eye, dust spots, or back and side lighting. Technical quality is above average. Photograph is properly focused. All aspects of the composition are properly exposed (not too light or dark). No problems with harsh contrast, red-eye, dust spots, or back and side lighting. May have minor problem with one of the criteria listed above. Technical quality is average. Photograph is properly focused. All aspects of the composition are properly exposed (not too light or dark). No problems with harsh contrast, red-eye, dust spots, or back and side lighting. May have several minor problems with criteria listed above. Technical quality is below average. Photograph may have several problems in the following areas: focus, exposure (light or dark), contrast, red-eye, dust spots, or back and side lighting.

Overall Work Quality and Effort

4 3 2 1
Work quality and effort exceeds expectations. Work quality and effort meets expectations. Work quality and effort somewhat meets expectations. Work quality and effort does not meet expectations.

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