When you’re shooting, you’re not always in a situation where you have great lighting. So when you’re faced with less-than-ideal lighting, what can you do?
In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss simple hacks that will transform your images and give the impression that you’ve created wonderful lighting.
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Learning how to control light, in particular contrast, highlights and shadows
When all you have is a camera
- If you don’t like the lighting wait, or move your subject
- Early morning and late afternoon have less contrast
- High contrast looks amazing in BW
- Shoot for highlights and open shadows in post production
Fill light is your friend
- Put simply fill light reduces contrast in an image
- It opens up shadows
- Opening up shadows means you see more detail
- The more fill light you add the more detail you will see in your image
Imagine the shadows in your image are a room
On the wall there is a light switch with a dimmer. The dimmer has 10 settings.
- Fill light behaves the same way as a dimmer.
- The more light you add to your shot the more detail you will see in the shadows
- “Opening up the shadows” means you see more detail.
E.g. if you had a person standing outside in full sun at midday wearing a cowboy hat the sun would cast heavy shadows on his face.
You can add fill light in 3 different ways, depending on how you want your final shot to look.
- Controlling the amount of fill light will influence the look of your final image
- Less fill light will give you a moody image.
Imagine your flash is a garden hose
- Hard light = nozzle set to the smallest setting. The stream of water is narrow and flows hard and fast
- Soft light = spray. The water gently spreads everywhere.
The nose is the greatest obstacle of light
Followed by eye sockets and hair
Hats are dangerous too
- Hard light = you need better aim
- Or softer light = greater spread.
Shooting TTL off camera is a great way to start out with off camera flash
Reflector or bounce board
- Reflects light into the face
- Silver side is like having your dimmer set to 8. It won’t over power to sun but will significantly fill in shadow areas
- White side works too, it’s softer and gives a more natural look to fill light.
- I bracketed the exposure using shutter speed
- Brightest F22 @ 5secs
- Darkest F22 @ 1/8000th sec
- You can also bracket using ISO