By Rosanne Olson

Every thing we see is lit via one resource or one other. The questions are: what and the way? that's what this e-book is designed to educate you. via Rosanne Olson’s tried-and-true path on lights rules for images, video, and paintings ordinarily, you will find how the angles and heights of your gentle assets have an effect on your images. you are going to find out how to paintings with gentle modifiers to alter the standard of your gentle, and the way to regulate mild to create a sense of intensity and dimension—whether you’re taking pictures with normal gentle, non-stop man made gentle, studio strobes, committed flash, or a mix of resources. Assignments are incorporated that can assist you placed every one notion into perform as you ideal your talents and educate your eyes to work out the subtleties of sunshine. you'll by no means examine a photo or portray within the similar approach when you learn this book!

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Are they hard or soft? They give even more clues as to the height, direction, and quality of the light in relation to the subject. For another example, look at the above drawing by Nicolai Fechin (1881–1955), a Russian artist who moved to the United States in 1923. Fechin has a wonderful feel for light and shadow in his work. If you examine the drawing, what do you see? Is the light hard or soft? Where are the catchlights? What is the direction of light? Fechin’s work has a sense of light and shadow whether it is a fine drawing, such as the one above, or a more abstract painting.

As a rule of thumb, for beauty light and babies, a more open (lower) ratio is recommended (such as 1:1, 2:1 or 3:1). When working with more dramatic personalities, feel free to use a more dramatic ratio, such as 8:1 or even 16:1. Assignment 10: High Key, Low Key Part 1: High Key. Using a tripod, photograph a highkey (lots of white) scene using natural light with your camera on manual. This could be a person dressed in white against a white background or as simple as a piece of crumpled white paper on a white surface.

Note the two color casts representing different locations. Warm or Cool? High or Low? The higher the degrees Kelvin (shorter waves), the “cooler” the light appears to the eye and the emotions. For example, daylight appears “cooler” (whiter) than tungsten—even though the daylight color temperature reading is higher. Tungsten light appears “warmer” (more orange), but it has a lower color temperature rating. ” Thus, white (daylight) is a higher temperature than tungsten, even though it’s warmer-looking in comparison.

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