Ep 309: How to shape and control light

The foundation of good photography is good lighting. But where do you start? Discover how you can shape and control light to achieve the images you want. You’ll learn about how to diffuse light, what tools to use, how modifiers work and inexpensive hacks that will help you shape light in any situation

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Show Notes

Above: Quick 5 min edit
-add shadows
-match focal blur
-Darken overall exposure
-Final colour grade to bring it all together

HOW TO SHAPE AND CONTROL LIGHT

A light modifier is an accessory that photographers use to modify,control or soften light.
Modifiers can be used with Daylight, Flash and continuous lighting.

Types of light modifiers

SOFT LIGHT

  • Clouds
  • Diffusers/scrim
  • Umbrellas
  • Umbrellabox
  • Softbox
  • Octabox

HARD LIGHT

  • Naked flash
  • Beauty dish
  • Grid spot

Lighting Examples

Above: Scrim/diffuser softens harsh shadows
Plastic diffuser dome is the cheapest and easiest way to soften light both on and off camera
Umbrella light is perfect for group shots and beginners and is the closest to natural daylight
A small double diffused softbox is perfect for portraits on the go.
A large softbox is my favourite modifier to replicate natural window light
A small gridspot is perfect for adding a small “dook” of light to a specific area of an image
I used a bare speedlight to replicate hard sunlight
The Umbrella Box creates a controlled soft light very similar to daylight
This image was created using a Gary Fong light dome.
A beauty dish creates a crisp look to a portrait.

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