Lighting is an essential ingredient when it comes to photography, which is why every photographer should take out time to learn the importance of light. I have been working as a professional fashion photographer for years now, and I know that lighting can make or break an image. Finding the perfect balance is the key, as it allows you to get the perfect image. Building these skills will take time, but these skills will help you get the most out of your photographs.
I have many amateur photographers come up to me and ask what equipment do I use for lighting, and time after time I find myself repeating the same thing. Which is, that it is not the equipment alone that matters, it is the knowledge and control of your equipment that really makes a difference. To help you out I am listing down a few key characteristics that will help you understand the basics you need to know.
Quantity – Depending on what kind of light it is, natural or artificial you need to adjust accordingly. The intensity is what will matter when it comes to the final image, so think of how much light your eyes catch, and how much will be too much. Practicing in practical settings, such as yourself will help you develop your skills faster.
Quality – The quality of light is not something you can really measure, but with time you will be able to tell what kind of light adds character to your images, and what ruins them. So rely on your visual perception, and take a few shots to check for the right setting.
Temperature – Color temperature can help you set the right mood, and it has nothing to do with the temperature outside. As it is about the mood and tone you want to set using various settings. You might not be able to see it, but light has color that can only be seen under some situations. For instance, when you take an image in a dark shade the image will show blue hues.
Direction – The direction of the light makes a huge difference, as it allows you to set the entire image. As light has the ability to create shades, so you have to consider where the light is coming in from, along with its quantity, quality, and temperature.
As each photographer uses a different camera and lens and shoots in various environment. Which is why they are required to develop their own skills and techniques.
Keeping these simple things in mind is the perfect place to start, and the more you practice in different environments, the more you will be able to learn about light. As each photographer uses a different camera and lens and shoots in various environment. Which is why they are required to develop their own skills and techniques. All you need is to learn the basic characteristics of light, so you can practice them and learn. This way you will soon be able to capture flawless images in different light setting and will be able to use the light to your advantage. In addition, when it comes to artificial light, you can finally get the right mood with the lighting you need.