- How Lighting Plays a Crucial Role in Your Photography
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Massive Iceberg Rolls Over Exposing Dark Blue Underbelly
- The Taxi Driver Photographer
- Photography Tips from a Helicopter
Posted: 23 Aug 2013 06:12 PM PDT
You’ve heard me deliberate about how significant lighting in photography is, but do you really know the reason why? You may know that gaining enough light is essential, but there is a lot more to the story.
First we have direct light. This is from the sun or a strong, bright source. Then we have reflected light. This is from a surface where the light bounces from one place to another. Both look entirely different.
In order to get high-quality pictures, you need the right lighting. You don’t just need sufficient lighting, but you need the right light to help capture the narrative for your image. The temperature, the intensity, and whether it’s soft or hard light play a crucial role in your photography.
Let’s look at the four primary aspects to consider when examining your light:
Digital Photography Lighting Techniques
I can tell you how to increase the lighting on something in a certain way, but that doesn’t genuinely show you anything about how to really master your own sense of observation. I was compelled to write this tutorial when someone emailed me last week. She inquired, “I have to photograph my grandchildren, and I want to know what settings to use, can you help out?” I was sad to read this, as she had missed what photography is all about.
Photography is not completely about settings. Let me repeat that. Photography is not totally about settings. We need the settings, sure, but the story goes deeper than that.
As photographers, we use lighting to express emotion. If we want a photo to convey a feeling of romance and an engaging mood, we might use a yellowy-orange light. If we want to convey a problematic, tough, and challenging story, then we might use hard light with deep shadows. This creates intense contrast. It’s the way you utilize light that matters.
Light has an intense impact on how we emotionally understand what’s going on in the photo. There are certain things you can achieve to enrich your story such as using the flash, not shooting with the flash, or using window light instead and making use of different temperatures of daylight.
Let’s look at what particular types of light tell us.
Low Light Photography Without Flash
Many photos that have low light (dim and soft light with no strong shadows) have been used in stories that represent sadness, bereavement, secrets, or even intimacy. Lighting like this can reflect introversion of some sort.
Artificial Light Photography
Artificial light may come in the form of uninterrupted light, like lights in a photography studio. This light is often used to reproduce daylight conditions. Brilliant, white light can stand for optimism, pleasure, sociability, and energy. Flash is also artificial light. Depending on how you utilise this light (i.e. the direction and angle you fire it from) you can recreate these feelings.
Morning Light Photography
Morning light is generally soft and doesn’t have as much brightness as the light we see at high noon. It appears warmer in photographs. Keep in mind that the seasons play a crucial function in the intensity of light as well. On a bright day in the summer season the light is very intense and very white. This means that there may well be a lot of contrast in your scenes, such as vivid areas and deep shadows. This might be suitable if you want to include shadowed areas to tell your story.
Dramatic Lighting Photography
Dramatic lighting usually relies upon intense light and deep shadow. This is a high contrast situation where the light creates and impacts the mood. It is also very dependent on the number of light sources and at what position the light is coming from. If you place one light source next to a person’s face, you can produce a lot of hard shadows across the face. This will generate a very different feeling from a softly lit portrait at sunset.
Hard Light Photography
Using hard light can capture many intense areas and dark shadowed areas that can be employed to tell us a story, just as dim light can. You can use this kind of light to enhance quietness, secrets, and desolation. Alternatively, you may want to photograph a black and white portrait with strong shadowed areas in the background and keep your subject well lit. This style will mean that that there might be another facet to the subject’s life or situation.
Lighting is not just about better exposure; it’s about mood and feeling. As you understand light you can then move forward and capture many different types of moods for your shots. When you take pictures of a similar thing with changed light, that thing takes on an entirely different emotion. The way you feel about it alters, and that’s the strength of photography.
This is why photography is not just about settings. It’s about creating powerful, emotive pictures. You use settings like aperture and shutter speed to have power over the light. You control the light to direct the emotion and story.
Start examining lighting today. Look at the lighting you see right now and ask yourself about its qualities. Awareness of lighting will change your photography for the better.
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Posted: 23 Aug 2013 04:48 PM PDT
Most people think of glaciers as being brightly white and—because most surface-level glaciers are made from airy, unpacked snow—this is largely true. However, some majestic glaciers and icebergs appear to be blue, ranging from powdery sky blues to deep ocean blues, such as in this photo of an enormous iceberg that rolled over as it became top-heavy, revealing its dark blue underbelly:
This deep blue color is the result of two phenomena: light and pressure.
Like water, snow and ice absorb red and yellow light and only allow blue light to filter through them. Beneath the snowy exterior of glaciers is a vibrant blue wonderland, since lower layers of ice are under more compacting pressure than upper layers. The same is true of the underbellies of icebergs—the upper, exposed layers of ice retain a powdery blue exterior as they brave the winds, but the underbelly is pressured by the sea, resulting in much darker hues.
Rolling is not uncommon for icebergs. After an iceberg detaches from a glacier to float solo, warmer ocean currents melt the submerged layers, resulting in one top-heavy block of ice. To maintain its center of gravity and stay afloat, the iceberg 'flips.' This is rarely caught on film, but one lucky tourist in Argentina captured the stunning event from his catamaran (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
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Posted: 23 Aug 2013 01:41 PM PDT
Next time you’re on a cab ride in the Big Apple, it might be worth taking the time to get to know your driver. You might be fortunate enough to hail David Bradford, a cabbie who uses his driving duties as a way to experience the city and capture it’s personality using a small Yaschica point and shoot camera. Watch this short clip about his mission below (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
Before Bradford took to photography, he had already developed himself as an artist through drawing, a passion he dedicated 20 years to. His creative abilities were easily transferred into the photography medium as you can see in these samples of Bradford’s portfolio. He shoots primarily in black and white, on what appears to 35mm film. The inherent graininess and grit of the film really lends itself to Bradford’s style.
Posted: 23 Aug 2013 10:51 AM PDT
Chase Jarvis is a well-known name among photographers, especially the Nikonians. Jarvis has shot for some of the biggest names in the corporate world including Apple, Volvo, Nike, Microsoft, Red Bull, Honda, and Polaroid. Today, Jarvis gives us some tips on how to take aerial photographs from inside a helicopter, a method of photographing which he highly recommends (for those of you reading this by email, the video tutorial can be seen here):
Jarvis’s Tips for Aerial Photography:
Jarvis’s biggest tip is to always listen to the pilot. They’re experienced at what they do, and they know a lot more that you will. So always pay attention to what your pilot says as he/she is following safety procedures.
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