By Rosanne Olson
Every little thing we see is lit by means of one resource or one other. The questions are: what and the way? that's what this publication is designed to coach you. via Rosanne Olson’s tried-and-true direction on lighting fixtures rules for images, video, and paintings ordinarily, you can find how the angles and heights of your mild assets have an effect on your photos. you are going to how to paintings with mild 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 normal mild, non-stop synthetic gentle, studio strobes, committed flash, or a mix of assets. Assignments are incorporated that can assist you placed each one thought into perform as you ideal your abilities and educate your eyes to determine the subtleties of sunshine. you are going to by no means examine a photo or portray within the comparable manner when you learn this book!
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Let’s discuss these in more detail. Assignment 7: Light Distance and Angle Part 1: Distance and a 90 Degree Angle. Using a mannequin head (or a very cooperative human), set up a light so it shines from left to right, falling on the subject from a 90 degree angle. Mark increments of X on the floor (wherein X is a given distance—a foot or a yard, for example). Photograph the subject at 1X, then slide them to 2X, then 3X, etc. You will have to change your aperture to maintain a consistent exposure on the subject.
Note: I lean away from using metallic silver and gold reflectors as they tend to fill with a hard light that can easily be misused). A very inexpensive and useful way to add fill is with a piece of white foam core. To begin your study of using fill light, I recommend clamping a 32x40-inch piece of standard white foam core to a light stand with an A-clamp. Place this on the shadow side of your subject, adjusting it to catch the light from the key source and bounce it back onto the shadow side of the subject.
Light Height The height of the light has a tremendous impact on the psychological meaning of the image. Light from a low angle will look somewhat sinister, whereas light from directly overhead will produce darkened eye-sockets that make the subject look depressed or tired. That is not to say that these looks are necessarily wrong. They can be very effective when used with intention to create a specific feeling. To describe the light height, I use the image of a clock. A light that is positioned level with the eyes would be at 9:00 or 3:00.
ABCs of Beautiful Light: A Complete Course in Lighting for Photographers by Rosanne Olson