A Trick of the Light! Improving Your Photographs through Better Lighting

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Lighting, Pictures | 2 comments

Good photography is complex and intricate. Photographers make a great deal of considerations that go completely unnoticed by the untrained eye. Decisions about which type of lens to use and how to compose or frame the shot can make a huge difference in whether the photo turns out flattering or not. Another aspect of photography that can have a major impact on how the finished product turns out is its lighting.

Lighting is incredibly important for a photographer. After all, the word “photography” itself comes from the Greek words for “light” and “drawing.” This should give you a picture of how crucial it is for a photographer to master lighting.

how lighting can improve a photograph

One of the first concepts of lighting to examine is the role the light’s distance plays in how it falls on the photograph’s subject. The closer a light source is to the subject, the more broad the lighting will be. Broader lighting scatters across the subject more, reducing the appearance of shadows. Having the light further away makes it more narrow. Narrow lighting doesn’t scatter across the subject as well, leaving darkness in the picture that can be used to create contrast.

There are a lot of ways to manipulate lighting to create the exact contrast between it and shadows you want. Experiment with diffusing it through a transparent medium or reflecting it off of mirrors to create different effects. Bettering your understanding of lighting can lead to obvious improvements in your photographs.

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