Wednesday, 23 February 2011


Lighting is one of the most important aspects of photography.  The lighting you use will determine the entire mood of your end photograph, whether it is playful, serious, dramatic or somewhere in between.  This is the aspect of photography that most allows for creative freedom on the part of the photographer.  With the way you use light, you have the ability to make your photographs a true reflection of your personality.

There are no right or wrong ways to use light, only certain given facts about various situations.  For example, taking a direct picture of metal or glass is going to cause the resulting picture to have a reflection of the flash, or flare as it is called.  To avoid this flare, it is suggested you aim your flash at a forty-five degree angle to the surface of metal or glass.  However, you might feel the flare will add something to your picture.  Allowing the flare to exist is not wrong, it is your choice in this particular situation.  That, in essence, is the point of learning certain rules on light, to give you the freedom of choice in your final outcome.

The basic rule is pictures taken in diffuse light will be softer and have fewer shadows.  Harsh, direct light increases the number and depth of shadows and also adds drama to a photo.  The first thing you must consider is which type of light is best for the look you are trying to create.  Portraits are most often taken with soft light.  Bouncing whatever light you use off a backdrop or ceiling will soften it before the light reaches your subject

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