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A photography quiz about Light and Composition as seen on Philip Dunn's instructional DVD Better Photography - Light and Composition

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This 60min DVD is available online for just £10.99 including UK postage


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which direction of light helps emphasize the texture of your subject?

    • A.

      Top light

    • B.

      Back light

    • C.

      Side light

    • D.

      Front light

    • E.

      Flat light

    Correct Answer
    C. Side light
    Explanation
    By 'cutting' across the surface of your subject, sidelight creates shadows. In portraiture, for instance, these shadows help emphasize the texture of the subject's skin. Beware, they show the wrinkles but add character.
    Back light can also emphasize the texture of a subject - especially when a rough, shiny surface, such as wet cobbles or rocks, is lit from behind

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  • 2. 

    Where is the main light source - in relation to the camera - when you are using backlight?

    • A.

      Behind the camera

    • B.

      Below the camera

    • C.

      In front of the camera

    • D.

      Above the camera

    • E.

      At the side of the camera

    Correct Answer
    C. In front of the camera
    Explanation
    When you are using backlight - it is the subject that is lit from behind. The camera will be shooting into the light

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  • 3. 

    What is likely to be the most noticable effect of backlight if you photograph bare tree in winter?

    • A.

      You'll get cold, shiver, and produce camera shake

    • B.

      'flatten' the image

    • C.

      Emphasize outline shape - possibly a silhouette

    • D.

      Show more colour in the tree

    • E.

      Overexpose the photograph

    Correct Answer
    C. Emphasize outline shape - possibly a silhouette
    Explanation
    Backlight can emphasize the outline shape of your subject

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  • 4. 

    Name the simple rule of composition explained on the DVD

    • A.

      Look both ways

    • B.

      Rule of Thirds

    • C.

      Mind the Gap

    • D.

      Set automatic mode

    • E.

      Always use top light

    Correct Answer
    B. Rule of Thirds
    Explanation
    The rule of thirds is a basic principle of composition in photography and visual arts. It suggests dividing an image into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. The main subject of the image should be placed along these lines or at their intersections, creating a more balanced and visually appealing composition. This rule helps to create tension, interest, and balance in the image, making it more pleasing to the viewer's eye.

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  • 5. 

    The temperature (colour) of light is quantified by what?

    • A.

      Tape measure

    • B.

      Light meter

    • C.

      Range finder

    • D.

      Auto focusing

    • E.

      Kelvin Scale

    Correct Answer
    E. Kelvin Scale
    Explanation
    The temperature or color of light is quantified by the Kelvin Scale. The Kelvin Scale measures the color temperature of light, which is a numerical value that represents the color appearance of light sources. It is commonly used in photography, cinematography, and lighting design to match the color temperature of different light sources and achieve the desired lighting effects. The Kelvin Scale ranges from warm colors (lower Kelvin values) such as red and yellow, to cool colors (higher Kelvin values) such as blue and white.

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  • 6. 

    The best light for landscape photography is often found at what time of day

    • A.

      After breakfast

    • B.

      Early morning or late afternoon

    • C.

      Midnight

    • D.

      Before dawn

    • E.

      Midday

    Correct Answer
    B. Early morning or late afternoon
    Explanation
    The best light for landscape photography is often found in the early morning or late afternoon because during these times, the sun is lower in the sky, creating a softer and more flattering light. The angle of the sunlight at these times also creates longer shadows and adds depth to the landscape, enhancing its overall appearance. Additionally, the warm and golden hues of the sunlight during these times can create a beautiful and captivating atmosphere in landscape photographs.

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  • 7. 

    Why is the answer to Question 6 often the best time to take landscape photographs?

    • A.

      You like to get up early

    • B.

      The sun is low in the sky and the quality of light is high

    • C.

      The sun is high in the sky

    • D.

      It is dark

    • E.

      you can't get up early

    Correct Answer
    B. The sun is low in the sky and the quality of light is high
    Explanation
    The answer to Question 6 is often the best time to take landscape photographs because the sun is low in the sky and the quality of light is high. During this time, known as the golden hour, the sunlight is softer, creating a warm and diffused glow that enhances the beauty of the landscape. The low angle of the sun also creates longer shadows and adds depth to the photograph. This lighting condition is generally preferred by photographers as it brings out the colors, textures, and details in the landscape, resulting in stunning and captivating images.

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  • 8. 

    If your image appears too blue, which two White Balance (WB) settings will help correct this? TICK TWO ANSWERS

    • A.

      Tungsten

    • B.

      AWB

    • C.

      Shade

    • D.

      Cloudy

    • E.

      Sunny

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. Shade
    D. Cloudy
    Explanation
    The shade and cloudy White Balance (WB) settings will help correct an image that appears too blue. These settings add warmth to the image, balancing out the excessive blue tones.

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  • 9. 

    If you are photographing a subject with front light and your own shadow appears in the picture, name one way you can get rid of the shadow without completely losing your original composition

    • A.

      Use a longer focal length lens, step back and zoom in a little

    • B.

      Use a wide angle lens and get closer

    • C.

      Find another subject

    • D.

      Use a slow shutter speed

    • E.

      Use a smaller aperture

    Correct Answer
    A. Use a longer focal length lens, step back and zoom in a little
    Explanation
    sometimes by stepping back a little and zooming in with a slightly longer focal length lens (telephoto) you can lose your shadow

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  • 10. 

    If you are taking a portrait by a window and using side light, where might you best place a white reflector to increase the quality of the window light and fill the shadows a little?

    • A.

      Between the model and the window

    • B.

      On the opposite side of the model to the window

    • C.

      Below the model

    • D.

      In front of the model

    • E.

      Above the model

    Correct Answer
    B. On the opposite side of the model to the window
    Explanation
    Placing a white reflector on the opposite side of the model to the window would be the best option to increase the quality of the window light and fill the shadows. By positioning the reflector on the opposite side, it will bounce the light back onto the model, effectively filling in the shadows and creating a more balanced and flattering lighting setup for the portrait.

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