What is slating? In this session we learned the exact functions and purpose of a clapper board, and practiced using it.

Functions of a Clapper Board

Head Slate

Tail Slate




In this session, my group and I were asked to experiment with three point lighting, and explore the different ways we could manipulate the lights to create different and unique effects for the photographs of the subject. Putting what we had previously learnt to practice and testing out what worked and what didn’t work was so helpful and eye-opening, and enjoyable. There is so much creativity involved in the lighting aspect of a production and physically experimenting with the lights helped me realise this even more.



In these photographs, the key light was pointed at the gold reflector, which was then reflected onto the subject. We purposely left the subject’s glasses on to see how much it’s reflection would affect the photograph. I personally do not think it affected the picture badly at all, but the light reflected on the glasses instead gives the picture an edge. The use of the gold reflector together with the artificial light was great in giving the subject a sunset effect glow, making the subjects hair itself golden.


img_6771 In this picture however, the reflection of light onto the glasses was not as nice of a touch as on the other pictures, but covered her eyes completely. It may have been different if the picture was in better focus.


For these set of pictures, we used a red gel and placed it in front of the fill light, giving the subject a very different, eye catching and popping effect. This lighting effect is more artsy than realistic, and can be used in a scene that aims to have a more abstract look. Although it gets the viewers attention, the red can be a little too intense, and the light could have been dimmed slightly to give more of a subtle red lighting.


The lighting in these pictures, were created by a fill light being pointed at a white reflector, which was pointed at the subject. I think this lighting is ideal for portraits, or a scene which focuses solely on the subjects appearance.


For this photograph, a fill light was pointing directly underneath the subjects face, while a smaller back light was placed behind her. This creates an almost distorted look, and was often used in older horror movies.


In this picture, the fill light was placed to the side of the subjects face and pointed at a white reflector, which was directed a the subjects face. While taking this photo as well as the one before, all the lights in the room were switched off besides the fill light we were using. This definitely helped to create the shadow effect seen in this picture. Also, the light reflecting on one side of the glasses is not distracting at all, but gives a nice touch to the photograph.



These photographs are definitely my favourites from the shoot. I loved experimenting with different gels for the back light, giving the light surrounding the subjects hair a  fluorescent, glowing effect.