What difference does light make? Why can’t you just shoot everything in available light? Any of you who have attended one of my in-class workshops have no doubt heard my opinions on the importance of learning to light . You’ve also heard the emphasis placed on the importance of learning exposure and camera control before you move into trying to learn about lighting this way developing an understanding of how to control both.
Lots of people only think of learning about lighting when it comes to portraiture but lighting is important in every genre of photography.
I will get into a great deal more detail at some point on how to light especially portraiture but for now I thought I would share a few photos of the same subject in different colours and different amount and positions of light. Obviously all the same subject but each feels a little different. Each a different mood and a different area of detail. None of which have been particularly cleaned up.
All shot with a 50mm Macro on ISO 100 at 1/250th
The to change the mood a bit I intensified the light by moving it slightly closer and changing the position. I was intent on going black & white in post.
The point of all this was only to emphasis to you how with one subject, one lens and pretty much one composition, you can create a variety of images with slight changes in light and colour.
Now let’s go back to colour and change subjects.
Go out and play with light. The more you play, the more you learn.
Up next. My trip to the San Diego Zoo in some rather shitty lighting conditions but I had to shoot. If I did not share what I shot people would start thinking I’m a photographer. (a not so inside joke)
Have a great week.
What’s Playing While I Write This? Talkin 2 Myself (feat. Kobe) by Eminem – Recovery
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