Lighting Theory 1

How To Study Photographic Lighting

This intro explores some of the most common pitfalls of studying lighting in today's tech and social media environment. I'm not offering quick and easy solutions here; you don't need those when you understand lighting theory. > See tutorial

Lighting Theory 2

Light Sources

An in-depth look at a variety of light sources from studio strobes to sunlight! This tutorial explores what types of lights are typically used in different areas of photography. > See tutorial

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Light Modifiers

Here we look at the range of devices used to manipulate light. Store bought and homemade modifiers are covered along with how they alter your light. > See tutorial

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Lighting to Show Form

Here we get an intro to the lighting tones that create the illusion of 3 dimensions in photography. Of course, it's much more than showing form; how you use these will help define your style. > See tutorial

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Diffused Highlights

Typically the most prominent tone in your image, these are affected mostly by exposure and can have a profound impact on the mood of your image. > See tutorial

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Specular Highlights

These tones have the ability to make an object look smooth, shiny and magnificent! They can also make your lighting look like crap if not given proper respect. > See tutorial

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Like specular highlights, shadows can look amazing or awful! They can lead the eye and show beautiful depth, or obscure crucial elements if not used properly. > See tutorial

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Shadow Edges

This tutorial looks at the shadow edge, which can be a prime indicator of light quality. Shadow edges can also be affected by a number of other image aspects as well as lighting techniques. > See tutorial

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Specular Edges

Specular edges are most often affected by the surface of the subject you are shooting. Smooth surfaces will give you sharp edges, matte surfaces will diffuse the edges. But you can also use scrims and modifiers to sculpt the highlight edge in absolutely beautiful ways! > See tutorial

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Light Fall-Off

Light fall-off refers to how abruptly the brightness of your light diminishes as you move further from your light source. Understanding this principle will allow you to create wonderfully dramatic lighting along with very controlled background bursts plus so much more! > See tutorial

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Shadow Contrast

When considering the contrast of your images, the shadows will likely play the most dominant role. There is no formula to doing this, but shadow control tends to be what separates the pros from everyone else. > See tutorial

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Specular Contrast

Specular highlights will make your viewer feel like they can touch your subject. But they are a lot more finicky to handle than shadows. Mastering these will make even the pros respect your work. > See tutorial

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Hand-Held Meters

Yep – these are still used regularly by many photographers! And for good reason. Not only are they superb problem solving tools, if you know how to properly use them, you can pat yourself on the back for understanding light theory. > See tutorial

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Lighting ratios

In this tutorial, you’ll learn why handheld meters are such potent tools and how to use them to their full potential. I’ll also show you how to determine the effective dynamic range of your DSLR. > See tutorial

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Surface Quality & Texture

Surface quality refers to how reflective (or non-reflective) the surface of your subject is. Texture refers to how smooth or rough the surface of your subject is. Both these topics have a profound impact on how your light reacts with your subjects. > See tutorial