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Light

Using one gel for a subtle lighting effect

Lighting your subject using one gel is a simple and great way to either set an overall mood or add interest to a specific area of the image, such as hair, clothing, silhouette, or other […]

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The principles of lighting

Getting lighting right is about it looking good and fitting your vision Lighting ratios mathematically measure the amount of light falling on the highlighted side of the face as compared to the side of the […]

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The best ways to light a face

When taking a portrait of a model, lighting the face correctly can make or break the shot. Good lighting helps to highlight a model’s best features, provide shape and contour to the face, and also, […]

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Creating enveloping light. And when to use it.

If you take soft light to its extreme, you can devise a set up to completely surround a subject, bathing it in total, diffuse light that fills in every nook and cranny, eliminates every shadow, […]

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How best to use reflectors

To create indirect light you can use gold, silver, and white reflectors like a bounce card. If, for example you’re shooting swimwear when it’s super-cold outside, the natural light can look frigid. But when you […]

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The basics of multiple lights for portraits

The art of portraiture is about learning how to use lights to create highlights and shadows that sculpt the subject’s facial features and body contours to create form, and the illusion of depth and dimensionality. […]

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Working with hard light

Hard light is created by placing the model in front of a strong, directional light source. This creates a defined gradation between light and shadow as the light hits the subject. Generally in portrait photography, […]

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Lighting and shooting environmental portraits

Location, location, location! That’s the key to getting a successful environmental portrait, where you use the surroundings and props to give visual clues to what a person is like, or what they do. Nikon D3X […]

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Taking photos in tropical light

Low latitudes, around the equator and into the tropics, take the sun even higher in the middle of the day, which means that if you insist on going for traditionally ‘pretty’ each time you shoot, […]

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How to measure light

Light must be measured before it can be used creatively, and over time you will learn to ‘read’ the light before ever bringing the camera to your eye. You can build this expertise in a […]

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How to create beautiful bokeh

Bokeh is a term derived from the Japanese word for ‘blur’ or ‘haze,’ which refers specifically to the nature of the out-of-focus areas in an image, particularly out-of-focus point-light sources. 500mm mirror lens | 1/100 […]

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Getting a handle on spot metering

All digital cameras contain reflected-light, TTL-type meters that use at least one of three different types of metering ‘modes’ in order to calculate exposure, either from the entire scene, or from some specific part of […]

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