Photography Lighting: how to take control of everything from natural light to flash

Photography Lighting: take control of everything from natural light to off-camera flash

Shooting in twilight vs complete darkness

Shooting in twilight vs complete darkness

Twilight
The soft, cool light that occurs for a short time before sunrise or after sunset can produce stunning conditions for photography.

You should try to shoot when there is still some colour and detail left in the sky, so you won’t have a long time to get your shots.

Most of the light at these times will be reflected from the whole of the sky, so the light is usually very soft, and has a blue colour.

The light levels at twilight will be very low, so it’s perfect for exploring long-exposure techniques, such as blurring moving clouds or water. Make sure your camera is on a tripod, and that you use a remote release.

Nightscapes
From street lights and traffic to moonlight, there are plenty of light sources that you can use for amazing images even after dark.

The mixture of bright lights and dark shadows of your local town or city after dark are perfect for shooting nightscapes.

Keep the noise down
To minimise noise when shooting long exposures, switch your camera’s Long Exposure Noise Reduction function on. This usually only works for shutter speeds longer 
than around five seconds though.

PAGE 1: Understanding the character of light
PAGE 2: How to control your photography lighting
PAGE 3: Taking control of the light
PAGE 4: Use a reflector to fill in the shadows
PAGE 5: Using fill-in flash
PAGE 6: Making the most of natural light
PAGE 7: Predicting the natural light
PAGE 8: Shoot in the direction of light
PAGE 9 Exposing in low light
PAGE 10: Shooting in twilight vs complete darkness
PAGE 11: How to shoot handheld in low light
PAGE 12: Why you might want to use flash
PAGE 13: Soften the light from your flash
PAGE 14: How to use flash triggers

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