Available Light: Photographic Techniques for Using Existing by Don Marr

By Don Marr

Emphasizing easy methods to paintings with usual gentle instead of utilizing supplementary lights to create a synthetic setting, photographers can use those easy suggestions to mould latest gentle into the specified caliber and form. All events are mentioned, together with overcast and sunny days, backlighting and flare, window mild, sunlight studios, normal reflectors, and studio lights at domestic, delivering a plethora of principles for locating, diffusing, and developing gentle. As photographers study the benefits of taking pictures with to be had light—no manage, extra spontaneity, extra time to be aware of the topic, and the facility to catch preexisting relationships—they not just develop into larger photographers yet achieve self assurance and an elevated know-how in their creative medium.

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In image 4-2, window light from an overcast day poured through a sliding glass door to the right of the camera. The room was a fairly dark living room that did not bounce too much light back onto the shadow side of the subject’s face. I decided to create a more even light—something less dramatic than the punk girl on page 52 4-2 (above). ). To do this, a right of the camera was filled in with silver 4x4-foot reflector was placed on the opposite side of the subject to a silver reflector on the left side.

The hair-light effect from the sun is even more effec- a hair light and edge light. tive when coupled with a shaded background. wall and the camera position had shifted 90 degrees to the left. The family and the wall would have both have been exposed evenly, but it would have been a safe and boring shot. Another advantage a sunny day offers is that you can use the sunlight like a studio hair light or edge light. It’s a great way to create depth in your portraits, as it helps to separate your subject from the background.

Color Temperature Candlelight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1800K Sunrise/sunset . . . . . . . . . . . . 3000K Midday sun on a clear day . . . . . . . 5500K Overcast sky . . . . . . . . . . . . 7000K Household light bulbs (incandescent) . . . 2400–3000K Tungsten/Quartz photo hot lights . . . . 3200K Fluorescent lights . . . . . . . . . . 4200–6000K Open shade . . . . . . . . . . . . 9500K Different Qualities of Light Along with different color temperatures, open shade can show different qualities of light as well.

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