Creating Depth with Lighting

This exercise delves deeper in the effects one can create through the use of the position of the lights and different focal lengths. Now that I'm writing this blog post, I realise that I've done something wrong. While I was setting up the lighting, I've concentrated mostly on filming the lights, how they look different with different focal lengths, while the idea is to show how atmosphere and a sense of depth can be created through the different ways of lighting subjects. So I tried it again with subjects, but realised it didn't really make a lot of difference. But it was good practice anyway!. This is the first short movie of the different set ups I made. 

Again, my apologies for the shaking camera, very short clips and grain. I hope to work on this the next time.

Scene 1: I kept the main fluorescent light on that is very diffuse and one spot light on the table. I notice that the room looks cluttered and small and that there is not a lot of atmosphere in the room. Even when changing the focal length it had the same kind of effect. I guess this is because every element is lit in a same way and therefor the eye is not particularly directed to one specific place, giving it a boring, cluttered impression.

Scene 2: There are two lights away from each other. The room looks much longer and bigger, even though the light coming through the door shapes the room, making it less long as what you will see in the next scene.

Scene 3: I'm zooming out on the light and while I'm doing that the distance between the two objects seems to grow. It's interesting to see the light diffusing the more I'm zoomed in. This makes the room smaller and the image less 3 dimensional.

Scene 4: The light coming through the door makes the distance between the lamp in the from seem smaller, but the table further away. Obviously there is a change in perception when the eye is led through a different path than straight to the table on the other side. The shape of the room seems longer because of this effect.

Scene 5 and 6: Here I'm zooming in on a candle with Christmas lights in the back. I wanted to show the effects of compression on light and how the distance seems to get smaller the more I zoom in on the subject.

Scene 7 and 8: Here the difference that diffused light on the scene makes is very obvious. The small lamps are on in both scenes but seem much closer to each other when the fluorescent light is on and everything is lit equally. When this light is out, the other lights seem much further away from each other, even though there is no change in focal length.

Scene 9 and 10 Here I wanted to see the difference when the light in the back was shining on the back wall and reflected back in the scene. Personally I think it brings in more space, but the fact that both scenes are shot in wide angle is the most deciding factor I guess.

Scene 10, 11, 12 and 13: Again I'm alternating focal lengths and looking at the difference between diffused and focused light. It's interesting that when there's just the one light, the size of the room doesn't seem to matter at all and all illusion of space is created with just one single light.

The next footage was shot later when it was dark outside. What I notice here specifically is that the quality of the image is so much better with directional light compared to when the fluorescent light is turned on. The change in atmosphere is also quite discernible. The smaller the lights, especially when they're zoomed in, the warmer the atmosphere and festive the feeling. I also notice that the room looks much bigger when there are multiple light sources with a direction to it. 

I've looked at the work of other students, starting with Richard Down. I notice in his images that he has paid attention to what effect the light has on the height of the room. He also brings more depth through adding lights on the side. I've done that as well, but in his examples it's much more obvious. All in all this exercise has made me aware of all the possibilities that different kind of lightings bring and how much they effect the way a space is perceived and a mood is established.