By Rosanne Olson

Every little thing we see is lit by way of one resource or one other. The questions are: what and the way? that's what this publication is designed to educate you. via Rosanne Olson’s tried-and-true direction on lighting fixtures rules for images, video, and artwork generally, you will find how the angles and heights of your mild resources impact your photos. you'll methods to paintings with gentle modifiers to alter the standard of your gentle, and the way to regulate gentle to create a sense of intensity and dimension—whether you’re taking pictures with ordinary mild, non-stop synthetic mild, studio strobes, committed flash, or a mix of assets. Assignments are integrated that will help you placed each one inspiration into perform as you excellent your talents and educate your eyes to determine the subtleties of sunshine. you are going to by no means examine a photo or portray within the similar manner once you learn this book!

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The quality of the light is also affected by clouds, which may diffuse the light as a large softbox in the sky or, if the clouds are thick, create a dull heaviness. Working with light outdoors may seem pretty straightforward, but there are many ways to improve outdoor light with subject positioning. continuous light 57 For example, with the sun low in the sky, you can rotate yourself and your subject to use side light, back light, front light, broad light, short light, loop or Rembrandt light. If the light is too contrasty, you can sometimes bring in a fill card to achieve beautifully lit and nuanced portraits, similar to what you would do in a studio setting where you have complete control of the lights.

This is often used in portraiture to make the subject look thinner. the language of light 33 Butterfly lighting is produced when the light falls on the subject from directly in front of (and above) them. Loop lighting is produced when the light falls on the subject from a shallow angle in front of (and above) them. As the light moves to a slightly greater angle, Rembrandt lighting (with its characteristic triangle highlight on the shadow-side cheek) is produced. Name That Light Position It’s useful to have names that immediately describe the position of the light relative a subject’s face.

Or, if you want to be more scientific and accurate, measure it with a hand-held meter. To do this, train your key light (window light, hot light, or strobe) on your subject. First, meter the brighter side. Then, meter the shadow side, placing the meter so that you avoid getting spillover from the key light. Compare the two readings. 6 on the shadow side, that information tells you that the key-light side has twice as much light as the shadow side (remember, each 1-stop change in exposure doubles the amount of light; refer back to page 10 if you need clarification on this).

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