Artificial lighting is intimidating for many photographers. It’s easy enough to know good natural light when you see it (though this too takes practice), but artificial light requires a few extra skills to create the look you want.
In the previous tutorial I installed the desk in the studio and got it as close as possible to the final position. Now it’s time to do the lighting, a crucial step.
Leaking light into your images might sound like something bad, or a technical mistake, but it can actually really give your images style and impact.
Learning about the theory and science behind lighting can really help you to become a better photographer. Light, after all, is the foundation of photography, so knowing how to use it effectively is critical.
If you want to have more control over your photographs, you need to understand light. There are three different types of reflection:
Without light, there is no photography. Having a solid understanding of how light works will help you to create better images every time.
At this point in your life, you will have realized that the world looks a lot different on a clear and sunny day compared to an overcast day. Why is this?
If you have used a camera for any length of time, you’re familiar with the idea that your camera has the ability to change something called white balance. Does this mean that white light is not white? Yes it does! In this video from my course, A Photographer’s Guide to Light, you will find out why.
Brightness is the most important quality of a light source. But what is brightness exactly? How is it measured? And how can you adapt your lighting and your camera settings to make the best possible use of it?
Proper positioning is key to getting even lighting, but how do you know it’s perfectly even? In this short video tutorial from my course Reprography: Transferring Artwork to the Digital Domain, you will learn how to use a light meter to ensure perfect lighting when photographing your 2D artwork or photos.
When light hits an object, one of three things can happen. The light can be reflected, it can be transmitted, or it can be absorbed. In this short video tutorial from my course, A Photographer’s Guide to Light, you will learn about absorption and reflection.