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

    | Photography Tips | 15/04/2013 00:01am
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    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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    Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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