Sep 17 2008

The Right Light For Digital Photography

Published by at 12:52 pm under General

Almost all kinds of photography require good light to capture an image.How much light is in a picture will have a great affect on both the looks and the emotional feel of the photo.A well lit picture seems to promote more of a sense of happiness or well-being, while darker pictures are gloomier, or perhaps have an air of mystery about them.


Traditional photography captured the light by impressions on chemicals, while digital photography uses pixels to capture light.If you can use natural lighting, that's good. However, it's not always available.When there's not enough available light for a good picture, it's time to use artificial lighting.


How Much Light Is There?


While you can see for yourself to some extent how much light is available, to get precise measurements you need a light meter.A light meter and a flash do different things.A light meter will tell you how much light is reflected, but does not actually provide any light. 


A handheld light meter will measure the light and was once a standard part of any serious photographer’s equipment.Since most digital cameras now have built-in light meters, you can tell how bright the picture will be just by looking through the eyepiece.  The camera’s light meter will set off the automatic flash when it’s too dark. 


Histograms Instead of Light Meters


Also, with digital cameras, it’s not so important to have a light meter because most have a histogram.A histogram can be used somewhat like a light meter, since it shows how light or dark the picture is.


If you don’t have a histogram on your camera, or just don’t want to fuss with it, the simplest method is to take a picture and review it to see how it looks, and if it’s too dark or light, adjust by adding more light or lowering the amount of light.

A lot of practice and a lot of patience will help you get the best lighting for your photographs.

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