Supper at Emmaus
Role: Wardrobe Contact sheet: Supper at Emmaus PDF
What I like about this final image is the fact that it portrays the subject of Chiaroscuro pretty well because there is a lot of shadows being cast of objects and people just like in the original image. I like the fact the image is framed well in comparison to the original image. I dislike the fact that the colour of the clothes the actors are wearing in the final image aren’t as colourful as the ones in the original image. I like how the composition of the actors in the final image is pretty close to that of the original image.
During the shoot what I could have done to improve this image is by perhaps finding better matching clothes that are coloured correctly to that of what is in the original image and positioned the actors better so it matches the original image that little bit better.
The entombment of Christ
Role: Actor Contact sheet: The entombment of Christ
What I like about this final image is the fact that it too, just like the Supper at Emmaus final image, shows a good display of light and dark with shadows being cast of the characters. Yet again I like how the composition of the characters in this final image is a lot like the original image. I don’t like the fact that this final image is not framed correctly in comparison to the original image. Another aspect of this final image I don’t like is the contrast in colour between the clothes that the actors have on, they don’t resemble the characters clothes in the original image too well, especially the sack.
During the shoot what I could have done to improve this image is by perhaps positioning myself more to suit the original image.
Triumph of Bacchus
Role: Photographer Contact sheet: Bacchus PDF
What I like about this final image is the fact that it shows a good display of light and dark with shadows being cast of the characters. I like the fact that this final image resembles the composition of the original image really well despite the fact that 2 characters are missing due to one having inadequate lighting and we had no one to model for the other one, which leads me onto saying I don’t like this final image because it is missing 2 characters. I also don’t like the clothing choice due to the lack in colour (yet again), and the final image isn’t framed as well as it should be, but that is down to 2 characters being missing.
During the shoot I could have improved the image by (providing we had all the characters) is framing the image better.
Below is a list of all the equipment used to take each shot:
- Camera – This is the most important piece of equipment in a photo shoot as it captures images
- Camera Stand / Tripod – This piece of equipment isn’t always needed but if you wish to take a crisp image that isn’t shaky then it is required
- Lights – These are used as opposed to the cameras regular flash to achieve a much brighter flash
- Light box – Needed in order to produce enough power for the lights to flash
- Reflector disc – Used to reflect light onto dark lit areas
- Fan – Not always needed when taking photos but in a photo shoot it is needed to keep the equipment and models cool
- Props – Props were needed in order to recreate the scene from the image which was chosen
Health and Safety
During a photo shoot several precautions need to be taken into consideration as there are numerous hazards in the photo studio.
Below is a list of some of the possible hazards we faced:
- Electrical hazards – Once moving any electrical equipment around such as the light box of light we needed to make sure that it was unplugged to prevent injury
- Trip hazards – There were several cables lying around which were used for electrical equipment such as the light box
- No food and drink – Food and drink is not permitted in the photo studio as it can cause damage to equipment and in some cases yourself
- Bright light – You should never look directly into the light in standby or when it flashes for obvious reasons.
In this post I will describe the process needed in order to re create a chiaroscuro image. First of all we needed to select an image that we wished to create, this was based on how many people we had available to be actors and the image was chosen as a group. Whilst the photographer and people in charge of lighting were setting up their equipment the wardrobe people were dressing up the actors in appropriate clothing which was salvaged from a box full of old cloth sheets. Whilst being clothed the art director was setting up the shooting area with props. Once clothed the art director started to position the actors by checking the original image frequently. Once the actors were positioned correctly the people in charge of lighting had to take a reading of the lighting to make sure the shutter speed was right for the current lighting. They also had to use a reflector disc to reflect light and shine it on any dark lit areas in need of light. In addition, a black piece of card was used as a sort of anti glare to protect the camera lens from any glare. Once everyone was in position and ready, we started to take several shots at a time. The reason for taking several shots in a short period of time is so that we have several images to compare when it comes to deciding which one is the best. The images we took were raw files and we edited them in Photoshop.
The image we chose is called ‘The Entombment of Christ’ by Michelangelo Caravaggio. The reason as to why I chose this image is because of the way the light is balanced.
The characters in this painting are framed well, so I like the composition of the image as well. I also like the contrast in colour between the characters clothing.
Task: For our photography preliminary task, we worked as a team to recreate several paintings that are inspired by Chiaroscuro which is the use of lighting on characters and objects to make the painting appear more realistic and believable.
The first painting that we tried to recreate was a painting called ‘supper at Emmaus’ by Michelangelo Caravaggio and what this painting depicts is the supper that Jesus had just after being resurrected.
There were various roles which were shared out among us . The roles varied from photographer, art directer and lighting director to assistants and models. My role personally for this specific painting was wardrobe. The person titled wardrobe had to dress up the actors to make them match the characters in the painting.
The second painting that we tried to recreate was called ‘The Entombment of Christ’ by Michelangelo Caravaggio and the painting is self explanatory, it is the entombment of Jesus Christ.
My role for this particular picture was a model. Being a model is pretty basic as all you have to do is stand there and pose for a shot. It is however hard to get the correct pose and to hold it for long periods of time.
Instructions where thrown at me when I was a model and basically I kept rearranging myself until the photographer and art director told me that I was positioned correctly.
The third painting that we tried to recreate was called ‘The Triumph of Bacchus’ by Diego Velázquez and the painting shows Bacchus putting a crown made from leaves on one of the 7 drunk men surrounding him.
My role for this picture was photographer which requires a keen eye to see if the lighting balances out correctly, as well as making sure the actors are positioned correctly and that the image is framed correctly.
I gave out instructions to the actors to position them correctly and to the lighting director to get a reading of the light so I know what to set the cameras ISO to.