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

Predicting the natural light

The old-fashioned way of looking at maps and using a sun compass still works, but there are plenty of smartphone, tablet or desktop apps, like The Photographer’s Ephemeris or Sun Seeker.

These allow you to accurately predict the position of the sun for any time or date, but you still need to keep an eye on the weather to know whether it will be clear or cloudy.

Predicting natural light Predicting natural light

Above left and right: Choosing whether to shoot into the light or with the light behind you will make a huge difference to the results that you are able to achieve

 

Predicting natural light: side-lit before sunrise Predicting natural light: side-lit after sunrise

Above left and right: The lovely warm colours and strong side light of this shot taken just after sunrise (right) produce far more striking results 
than the much cooler light in the same shot taken just 30 minutes later (left)

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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