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 booklet is designed to coach you. via Rosanne Olson’s tried-and-true direction on lighting fixtures ideas for images, video, and artwork in most cases, you'll find how the angles and heights of your gentle assets impact your photos. you are going to easy methods to paintings with mild modifiers to alter the standard of your mild, and the way to manage mild to create a sense of intensity and dimension—whether you’re capturing with typical mild, non-stop man made gentle, studio strobes, devoted flash, or a mixture of resources. Assignments are incorporated that can assist you positioned every one inspiration into perform as you ideal your talents and teach your eyes to determine the subtleties of sunshine. you'll by no means examine a photo or portray within the similar manner once you learn this book!

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Moving around the back of the model, to the rim light position, gives another look. the language of light 31 Turning the head away from a light source will give you broad light, which means it lights the area from the nose to the ear. Turning the head toward a light source will give you short light, which lights the oval of the face. Here is what these two lighting effects look like, side by side, on a real person. Broad Light and Short Light. If the subject’s face will be photographed at an angle to the camera, this results in a broader view of the side of the face that is closer to the camera and a Terms to Know broad light Lighting that illuminates the wider side of the face (nose to ear) when the subject’s face is turned somewhat away from the light.

56 ABCs of beautiful light 4. Continuous Light N ow, after exploring the concepts of light direction, light height, metering, ratio, fill, and catchlights that are applicable to all kinds of light, we are ready to delve into the practice of lighting. There are two kinds of light we will be discussing in this book: continuous light and flash. Continuous light: the sun and the moon, light in the office, lights at home, the light of a campfire, a flash light, neon lights, LED lights, etc. Continuous light is a steady stream of photons measured by time (shutter speed) and volume (aperture).

And paintings, you will increase your sensitivity to light. Just as if mastering a language, you will be able to work with more skill and nuance in your own work. But first, let’s go back in time, before the invention of photography. If you open an art history book or go to a museum, you can see how, for hundreds of years, artists have used light sources in their paintings to create drama and enhance storytelling. Take, for example, the artist Michelangelo Caravaggio, who lived in Italy in the late 1500s.

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