Seattle Central Creative Academy: Photography Assignment (Existing Light)

As part of our first assignment in Seattle Central’s 1st yr Commercial Photography program, students were asked to photograph an object using existing light; meaning no false lighting, only the sun, a reflective surface, and our innovation.  I chose a feather resting in a small glass jar to represent a writer’s quill photographed as a still-life.  The above image was created using a sheet of black construction paper as a seamless, with the sun at camera right and a reflector placed 90 degrees on camera left.

Location: Cal Anderson Park, Seattle, WA

Camera/Lens Specifics: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

105mm, 1/60 sec at f/22, ISO 800, tripod mount.

Post: Adobe LR3 & Photoshop CS5


  1. Nice use of light there.

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