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How to Combine Flash With Ambient Light for Cool Bokeh Shots
How to Combine Flash With Ambient Light for Cool Bokeh Shots
Once you have the bokeh ordeal all set up, it’s time to light up the subjects. In this case, Morgan used three lights, one of which was used to pop up the shadows—that would be the part that receives the least amount of light but it generates the definition and detail in the shot.
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5 Lighting Tips to Improve Your Photography
5 Lighting Tips to Improve Your Photography
Photography is all about playing with light and shadows. The way you illuminate your subject will decide your results. Using the right photographic technique can certainly make a lot of difference in your photographs. Even if you’re not a professional photographer and you only use your camera on weekends, you still want to take best pictures.
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Easy Photography Hack: Read the Light With a Marble
Easy Photography Hack: Read the Light With a Marble
A simple 25 millimeter black marble is all it takes to help locate the direction of light, particularly in wide-open bright space. Like the reflection on an eye, look for the catch light on the marble. By twisting your wrist around and moving the marble side to side the change in light and shadows will help to localize the source.
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Interesting Photo of the Day: Stray Cat in Strasbourg
Interesting Photo of the Day: Stray Cat in Strasbourg
Zenin manipulates art and photography in extremely innovative ways to produce astonishing works of magical realism. Strict realism is never his goal. In fact, he seems to aim to produce a sense of impossibility, even on a technical level, with imperfect shadows and off-kilter perspectives.
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Timelapse Photography Tutorial
Timelapse Photography Tutorial
Farrell also states that he shoots RAW 95% of the time, “because having that RAW data is priceless.” Given the high dynamic range of many of the sunsets and landscape scenes he prefers to shoot, the RAW information enables Farrell to fine tune the highlights and shadows.
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How to Light Two Surfaces with One Light Source
How to Light Two Surfaces with One Light Source
To retain those bold shadows, but soften the light on his model’s face, McNally used a Lastolite 32” Trigrip Reflector panel, positioned as close to the model as necessary to interrupt the flow of light spilling onto her face without affecting the light striking the back wall.
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When to Use Butterfly Lighting In Portrait Photography
When to Use Butterfly Lighting In Portrait Photography
In previous articles, we’ve discussed photo lighting patterns where we place the light source to the side of the subject–split lighting, loop lighting and Rembrandt lighting–and create shadows that go off to the side. Continuing with our series of portrait photography lighting patterns, today’s photo tip discusses “butterfly lighting”.
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Advanced Reflector Techniques for Outdoor Photography
Advanced Reflector Techniques for Outdoor Photography
You’ve probably heard, at some point, someone refer to the “Golden Hour” of photography. There are actually two Golden Hours: the first and last hours of sunlight each day. These are the ideal times to shoot outside, because the sun is low, glowing red or orange or yellow, and it’s casting shadows that add depth to your pictures.
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Mastering Shadows in Indoor Portrait Photography
Mastering Shadows in Indoor Portrait Photography
In a studio portrait session, it is sometimes difficult to position lights in order to achieve the photographer’s desired effect. When harsh shadows appear on one side of a model’s face, many photographers will set up a second light on the opposite side of the model as a fill light, but this only complicates the problem by adding additional shadowing.
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A Pro Photographer's DIY Ring Light for Fashion Photography
A Pro Photographer's DIY Ring Light for Fashion Photography
Ring flashes and continuous ring lights are popular among fashion portrait photographers. The circular lights are placed around the camera lens to reduce shadows and create interestingly shaped catch lights in a model’s eyes.
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See How Light Angle & Shadows Affect the Faces of Your Portrait Subjects
See How Light Angle & Shadows Affect the Faces of Your Portrait Subjects
The very premise of photography is rooted in light and, as photographers, it should be our goal to learn how to master it. Even the slightest change in the angle of light and a photograph can be changed drastically. This is especially true of portrait photography. Getting the light right when photographing a face can mean the difference between complimenting and even enhancing it’s features or making it appear unflattering by exaggerating any problems.
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How to Use a Sun Bouncer or Reflector for Action Sports Photography
How to Use a Sun Bouncer or Reflector for Action Sports Photography
Using a reflector such as a sun bouncer is an effective way to light a subject. Photographer Leo Rosas explains how you can use this tool in a variety of ways; give your subject a warmer look, use a faster shutter speed and fill in unwanted or harsh shadows. It’s a great way to test your creativity and to really go the extra mile with the light that you do have:
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How to Use an Umbrella in Photography
How to Use an Umbrella in Photography
What the umbrella does is diffuse light to enable you to achieve a softer lighting in your images. So instead of letting light directly focus on the subject, the umbrella bounces of the light in different directions. The result is a clearer image with softer shadows or no shadows at all.
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High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR)
High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR)
Every bracketed image contributing to a finished HDR image inputs important information about the image being created. Underexposed images contribute to highlight detail while overexposed images provide information about the shadows.
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A Beginner’s Introduction To Flash Modifiers
A Beginner’s Introduction To Flash Modifiers
Modern Digital SLR flashes do a wonderful job of putting out a large punch of light in a specific direction. Nowadays they even zoom with the lens for more directed light. But what happens when that direct light is too harsh, casting ridged shadows? This happens often in an indoor setting, especially with groups of people, such as at a party. Flash modifiers to the rescue!
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