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Photography Lighting: Golden Rules That Will Help You to Capture An Incredible Shot

Photography is an art of playing with the light and shadows. The way you illuminate your foreground as well as background will determine the fate of your photograph. Buying the most expensive and advanced equipments will help you to a certain extend. For capturing your dream shot, you need to learn the basics of photography that will help you to play with the light and create some dramatic effects.

Here are some of the important photography lighting rules that are indispensable for amateur as well as professional photographers.


Choose your light source as per the outcome you desire

The type of light you use greatly influences your results; therefore choose your light carefully. For taking corporate photographs, family photos, or any other normal picture, fluorescent light would be the best. The color temperature of such sources lies between the color temperature range of daylight and therefore, they can give you natural looking photographs. For taking artistic photographs, you can use candle light that is known to create a lot of drama. You can also use tungsten light, torch light, etc. to create unnatural but creative photographs. Visualize your picture before you shoot it; this will help you to choose the appropriate light source.

Never mix natural light with artificial light

Keep experimenting with the ISO setting of your camera. Using higher ISO will help you to get correct exposure even in the low-light shots but the noise and distortion will be high. Although these issues can be corrected while editing the photographs, the level of correction is limited. Higher ISO settings are good for capturing moving shots.

Avoid front lighting as much as possible

Never light your subject directly from the front. Your subject will not be very comfortable with this; especially when you are shooting in sunlight. Even the bright studio light will make it difficult for her to open her eyes and give you the desired expressions. Front lighting also casts shadows under the chin and the eyes of the subject along with creating many hot areas. Side-lighting is quite comfortable.

Front lighting, in some cases, is simply unavoidable, especially when you are shooting fashion pictures. This is because, front lighting make your subject look slimmer and beautiful by hiding her facial marks. In case, you have to use front lighting, make sure you diffuse the light appropriately.

Understand the significance of ISO

Keep experimenting with the ISO setting of your camera. Using higher ISO will help you to get correct exposure even in the low-light shots but the noise and distortion will be high. Although these issues can be corrected while editing the photographs, the level of correction is limited. Higher ISO settings are good for capturing moving shots.
There are no strict rules in photography lighting. You can customize them the way you want. By doing random trial and error, chances are there that you may come up with a masterpiece. Instead of using your studio lighting equipments, use your table lamp, light your subject from the top instead of a vertical angle, use filters if you want to add glamour to your picture; in short, be open to experimentation. Although lighting seems to be a very simple process, it actually needs a lot of mathematical calculations for getting the most appropriate results.

 


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