Introduction to 152MC and Studio Tutorial

On our first day back after Easter, we started with a short introduction to the next module, where we were introduced to the first of five tasks, followed by a charcoal light drawing session, and finally a studio tutorial taken by a second year photography student, Joseph. Below are the notes that I took throughout the day:

  • Short location and studio assignments
  • Demonstrate pre-visualization techniques
  • Class tasks will be done digitally but your final prints will need to be printed
  • Limited amount of paper will be supplied
  • Studios will be booked every Tuesday and Friday
  • Caroline office hours – Tuesday 3-4, Fridays 1-2
  • Pre-Visualisation
    • Term come from Ansel Adams
    • Anticipate an image before you take the exposure
    • Jeff Wall – A Sudden Gust of Wind (1993) include images
      • Made up of 50 images
      • Influenced by Katsushila Hokusai – Ejiri in Suruga Province
      • Collapsed the perspective so the reference is closer
      • You cant fully appreciate the image without knowing the concept
      • I begin by not photographing” – video

Jeff Wall's A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 1993

Jeff Wall – A Sudden Gust of Wind

Katsushila Hokusai Ejiri in Suruga

Katsushila Hokusai – Ejiri in Suruga Province

    • Gregory Crewdson
      • Brief Encounters
      • Influenced by David Lynch
      • Interested in the American suburb
      • Genius of photography “Snap Judgments” (helix media library)

Task 1:

  • Deign and produce an instruction manual, to include the information you will be learning on this module
  • Should include how to make a pinhole camera
  • Should be an ongoing task
  • Make it accessible
  • What do you like and dislike about instruction manuals?
  • Pin two examples of instruction manuals that you like and don’t like on the forum
  • Multi-national?
    • Going into semiotics and behaviour
    • Diagrams
    • Ikea, airplane safety, recipes, e-how?
  • Paper, video, online
  • Paper – more kinetic
  • Online – more accessible
  • Blinky the Pinhole Camera – example
  • Do a little bit of research – what do you like and don’t like?
  • Put on forum
  • Decide how you want to do it


In this session, we simply had to draw pictures highlighting how a light hits an object by rubbing out bits of charcoal. Below are the two images that I created (I could never be an artist!):

Charcoal Drawing 2


Boxing Pad

Charcoal Drawing 1



  • Photography studio only
  • Need access by staff member
  • Switch isolates all the lights
  • Light board – off or on full; can dim lights if needed


  • 2x set of lights – different models
  • 5 lights in total
  • 2x 1000DX (1000W)
  • 3x GM500 (500W)
  • Light intensity changes
  • Loan shop have 750W


  • On/off switch (green button)
  • Panel with main buttons on left hand side
  • F =
    • Nothing to do with aperture
    • Indicates light intensity
  • Beeps
    • Capacitor is full (fully charged) so can respond
    • If you decrease the F (light intensity) we should release the power before shooting by pressing the green test button


  • Off/on/on switch
  • Difference in “On’s” are whether we are powering by mains or battery
  • Mains = the top, squiggly line symbol
  • Battery = the bottom, battery symbol
  • Has dials rather than buttons – One for exposure, one for tenths


  • Twist around the leg and pole for safety
  • Put it in the light, then in the mains

Model Lamp

  • 3 settings
  • Removing the model lamp
    • Switch mains off
    • Take out bulb
    • Clean bulb – cells damage the lamp so ask Matt for help

Light Box

  • Gives precise idea of where the light falls
  • Diffuser – catches heat
  • White sheet
  • Spreads the light evenly

There are different types of heads for the lamps, for example, a “Spill Kills Head”

Changing Heads

  • Pull back the button
  • Twist the head
  • Release
  • Opposite for putting on


  • Place it about half way down the pole
  • Black and silver colour – turn it around so that the back of the light is facing the model
  • White cover – have light facing the model (just diffuses the light)

Light metre

  • Set on flash with C
  • Take cord and attach to light metre
  • Connect on back where it says “Sync”
  • Minimum 1/125 second shutter speed as it is the exact speed that the lights flash


  • Has to be opposite to where the light is
  • White
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • To fold it – dip it in the middle then fold the left then the right

How to sync up the lights:

  • One on the camera, one on the light
  • 1,2,3, etc. a, b, c, d, e, f, etc. = different channels
  • RX = receive – put on the light
  • TX = transmit – put on the camera
  • Can go up to 200m
  • Lights can sync up off of one set – turn on the “cell”
  • “Cell” = light sensor which flashes when the other lights flash


  • DO Release the flash then turn it off straight away
  • DON’T touch the bulb
  • DON’T put white light boxes on the ground – they’ll get dirty!