May 29 2009

Lighting For Great Photos

Published by at 6:25 am under General

With a good video camera, film or digital camera it is possible to produce professional quality photos of products, family, friends and yourself.Many photographer's can accomplish this with increased lighting which will make the difference in the quality of their photo's.There are numerous techniques or methods to use in photography lighting, for either beginner's or intermdiate photographer's to consider. Understanding the lighting of photography isn't difficult if you understand the measuring of light.


A primary purpose of a photography lighting system is to illuminate a subject to allow for and achieve a desired affect or to properly capture an image.High quality photos are produced through the use of various devices for lighting the home or studio, the results and impact of illuminating the subject whether a person or even a product in the shot can be seen almost immediately.


Photo lighting kits can be utilized to add light to an otherwise dull subject or image and make it come to life in a brilliant photo.Nearly everything that is done as a photographer is about controlling or changing the lighting if at all possible.Many camera owner's find out quickly that using the on camera flash sometimes doesn't produce the quality of photo that they are hoping for. The flash of a standard camera is often times placed in the wrong position by the manufacturer, this along with a flash that is much too bright at close distances makes it difficult to capture a great photo.


On camera flashes are also ineffective at lighting up things at a distance. Professional photographers will deliberately light what they are photographing to ensure consistancy in the quality of their photo's .  Photographer’s utilize not only flash, but may often use a fluorescent photo lighting kit or one of three types of halogen lighting kits for the desired affect and outcome of their photos.  Both fluorescent and a halogen photo lighting create a continuous light source, where as flash simply follows it’s namesake and is thus not continuous lighting.Studio lighting or flash bulbs along with other types of artificial lighting can either help to minimize appearances of features or draw attention to them. Beginning photographer's may often find in using the on camera flash that the subjects end up with red eyes or harsh bursts of light.


Once you have proper photography lighting, it is important for the camera that you are using to be able to read shade.To be sure your subject doesn't appear as a silhoutte, the center of your frame can be centered with a shady area instead of a bright one behind the more darkly lit subject.For lessoning and softening shadows that might have been created by your light source, you can practice this.


Available natural lighting can produce very interesting patterns of light.Daylight can provide many moments of mood changing light, to capture as many of these moments as possible photographer's will work quickly to get the best shots.


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  2. Jon Silveron 01 Jun 2009 at 2:48 pm

    One thing to add about natural lighting… one of the most magical sights is the dappled dancing of light and shade under the canopy of a deciduous tree in its spring/summer foliage. It can also be hell for photographers if you don’t manage the contrast range correctly – it’s important, especially with faces, to try to get all the faces either in pure shade or pure sunlight, as correcting the patchwork of light & dark in Photoshop afterwards can be well-nigh impossible.

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