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Professional Photography Lighting Techniques That Every Photographer Must Learn

Photography is all about playing with light and this is perhaps the most difficult thing to achieve for any photographer. Getting appropriate ambient lighting for photography is something that every photographer aspires for but couldn't achieve. This is why most planned photography projects use additional lighting such as fluorescent lighting kit in order to illuminate the subject as desired. Simply flooding your subject with light won't work. You have to follow the right techniques for illuminating your subject so as to get the right effects. Here are few things that you must not ignore when you are using fluorescent lighting or any other form of additional lighting in photography.

Understand the color temperature and use the most appropriate type of light for photography

Color temperature, measured in degree kelvin (K), is the actual color that the human eye can see. Warm colors such as red and yellow has lower color temperature such as 2700-3000 K, whereas the cool colors such as blue and white have higher temperatures. Natural light also has a higher temperature and therefore, professional photographers must use fluorescent lighting in order to give a natural look to their subjects. For giving special effects, you can always experiment with the quality of light.


Determine if you want hard lighting or soft lighting

Hard light creates harsh shadows, whereas soft light produces neutral tones and softens the details. Soft, diffused light is therefore, always recommended; however there are situations where direct light will helps you to emphasize certain elements in your picture and add some special effects that cannot be achieved with soft light. Decide which form of lighting will fit in your requirements and use accordingly.


Understand how direction of light affects your photograph

Even if you shoot the same subject in same lighting, the angle at which you place your light source affects your photographs to a great extent. Placing your lights directly in front of your subject will give him/her a flat look and will also hide the details, whereas if you place the lightings to an angle, you will get a 3 dimensional look and will be able to give more details to your picture. Each angle has its own benefits and therefore, you must evaluate which one will be good for you. Front lighting will be good for fashion photographers, whereas side lighting will be great for product photography.

Experiment with shadows

They are not always bad. In many situations, shadows add life to your pictures and add a lot of meaning to them. Use light modifiers such as black reflectors to prevent lighting certain part of the scene and see what magic it creates!
Photography lighting is an art that you have to learn in order to become a successful photographer.


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