Natural Lighting

 In this session we explored the different types of light present when shooting. As well as how the direction and angle of light affect and enhance scenes and subjects and how it can be used to combat difficult situations regarding light.

The best time of day to shoot is early morning or late evening, this is because the sun is low. This lighting helps create contrast and strong shadows making otherwise flat subjects/surfaces have more depth, this is because at a low angle the light hits details and imperfections in surfaces making them appear more 3 dimensional.

We also looked at the pro’s and con’s of different lighting in this case back, front and side lighting.

Front Lighting: Front lighting is a useful way of quickly lighting a scene although it can make images appear flat and lifeless. Soft front lighting is popular in female portrait photography as it hides/ covers imperfections in the surface of the skin as well as highlighting the face.

 Back lighting: Back lighting is a good way to create shadows in front of your subject/scenes. The implications to this are that it creates a silhouette effect and or creates a ‘halo’ of light around your subject, illuminating hair etc. Although these are not always bad factors it is something to bare in mind when shooting.

Side lighting: Side lighting is another effective way to create shadows, depth and contrast to your images. This lighting is popular in male portrait photography as it compliments male features making the subject appear more masculine.

Low light situations: In low light situations Tripods are a good tool to steady the camera when slow shutter speeds are needed over high ISO. A remote shutter release is also useful when using a tripod as releasing the shutter by hand can create camera movement.

ISO: Film speed can be used to overcome low lighting or to freeze action, although the higher the film speed increases noise and grain in your images.

 Our task was to gather images making use of the different kinds of Natural Lighting we talked about in the session.


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