Photography Lighting : Ultimate Guide To Home Studio Photography Lighting!

Aspiring photographers will realize, as most experienced photographers have realized, that photography is an art. The very foundation of this art is light. Light decides to a large extent whether the intended message of a picture will be communicated well or not. Improper lighting can definitely dull, hamper, or stifle what the average person would perceive as a good picture. Part of a photographers skill set definitely should include a knowledge of lighting arrangements and lighting adjustments. Learning about lighting angles, lighting styles, and how lighting can affect the “mood” of any picture should be a part of any photographer’s repertoire. Because indoor pictures are largely dependent upon artificial light, learning how to manipulate and control this light can result in creating masterful photos! “Photography Lighting” by Evan Deveraux is awesome guide and a must-read for those who want to take their game to the next level! In a nutshell: … Read more

How to Light Portraits in Photography – Part II

This is part II of a larger article. If missed the first part, click here to read it. Lighting in Photography: Studio Lighting for Portraits This is a part where those of you who cannot afford / do not own a strobe package should pay attention. If you want to include exterior light with a homemade lighting system, you will have a massive disparity between the exterior and interior color temperatures. You’re probably intimately aware of this if you’ve tried to get your interior lighting setups to include exterior light. In a “million-dollar-a-year” studio system, you’d balance to the sun with your already perfectly temp accurate broncolor strobe system and use a specific gel to match the strobe to your metered readings of the ambient light, but usually we don’t have that luxury. So first, let’s talk about mixing source light on the cheap. If you want to mix daylight … Read more

How to Light Portraits in Photography – Part I

Lighting in Photography: Studio Lighting for Portraits After learning the basics of photography studio lighting for objects, we can apply the same rules to portrait photography. However, there is one part of the equation that changes, and that is falloff. Falloff describes how quickly the center spot of the light (or area of equal illumination) changes into the ambient illumination of the subject (light cast from the room, or other lights, etc.) Here’s how it works: we’ll look at equal camera exposures of an identical object, but change the distance of the light from the subject. You’ll see that the “falloff” is different in each image even though the exposure is the same. The way this was achieved is by changing the distance between the subject and the light while maintaining the strength of the light at the subject’s surface. This is somewhat difficult to do with your household lamp. … Read more

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