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Light source and photography (Photographers sign up page ! )


The Top 10 Photography Lighting Facts You Should Know

Models and Make up artist can join the workshop as TFP .

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A broad light source 1. The broader the light source, the softer the light. The narrower the source, the harder the light. A broad light source lessens shadows, reduces contrast, suppresses texture. A narrow light source does the opposite. This is because, with a broad source, light rays hit your subject from more directions, which tends to fill in shadows and give more even illumination to the scene.
Tip: Position a portrait subject near a large, bright window that does not receive direct sunlight. It makes for a no-cost softbox— no studio equipment necessary.


The farther the source, the harder the light 2. The closer the light source, the softer the light. The farther the source, the harder the light. This stands to reason: Move a light closer, and you make it bigger—that is, broader—in relation to your subject. Move it farther away, and you make it relatively smaller, and therefore more narrow.
Think about the sun, which is something like 109 times the diameter of the earth—pretty broad! But, at 93 million miles away, it takes up a very small portion of the sky and hence casts very hard light when falling directly on a subject.
Tip: When photographing people indoors by available light, move lamps closer to them or vice versa for more flattering light.

Diffusion scatters light 3. Diffusion scatters light, essentially making the light source broader and therefore softer. When clouds drift in front of the sun, shadows get less distinct. Add fog, and the shadows disappear. Clouds, overcast skies, and fog act as diffusion—something that scatters the light in many directions. On overcast or foggy days, the entire sky, in effect, becomes a single very broad light source—nature’s softbox.
Tip: Materials such as translucent plastic or white fabric can be used to diffuse a harsh light source. You can place a diffuser in front of an artificial light, such as a strobe. Or, if you're in bright sun, use a light tent or white scrim to soften the light falling on your subject.

Bouncing light acts as diffusion  4. Bouncing light acts as diffusion. Aim a narrow light source at a broad, matte surface—such as a wall, ceiling, or matte reflector—and it not only reflects the light but also diffuses it by scattering it over a wider area.
Use a shiny reflector, though, and the light will stay fairly narrow on the bounce. The most extreme type of shiny reflector—a mirror—will keep the light focused pretty much as narrowly in the reflection.
Tip: Crumple a big piece of aluminum foil, spread in out again, and wrap it around a piece of cardboard, shiny side out. It makes a good reflector that’s not quite as soft in effect as a matte white surface—great for adding sparkly highlights.

The farther the light source, the more it falls off
5. The farther the light source, the more it falls off— gets dimmer on your subject. The rule says that light falls off as the square of the distance. That sounds complicated, but isn’t really. If you move a light twice as far from your subject, you end up with only one-quarter of the light on the subject.
In other words, light gets dim fast when you move it away— something to keep in mind if you’re moving your lights or your subject to change the quality of the light.
Also remember that bouncing light—even into a shiny reflector that keeps light directional— adds to the distance it travels.
Tip: Set your camera’s flash (pop-up or hot-shoe) to fill flash for outdoor portraits on harshly lit days. This will lighten shadows on your subject’s face but won’t affect the background exposure—it will fall off by then.

Light falloff can be used to vary the relationship
6. Light falloff can be used to vary the relationship between the light on your subject and your background. If you place a light close to your subject, the falloff from the subject to the background will be more pronounced. Move the light farther from your subject, and the background will be relatively brighter.

The same holds true for side lighting: With a light close to the side of your subject, the falloff of light across the frame will be more pronounced than if the light is farther away.
Tip: If your subject is frontlit by window light, keep the person close to the window to make the room’s back wall fall off in darkness. If you want some illumination on the wall, though, move the person back closer to it and away from the window.

Font lighting de-emphasizes texture
7. front lighting de-emphasizes texture; lighting from the side, above, or below emphasizes it. A portraitist may want to keep the light source close to the axis of the lens to suppress skin wrinkles, while a landscapist may want side lighting to emphasize the texture of rocks, sand, and foliage. Generally, the greater the angle at which the light is positioned to the subject, the more texture is revealed.
Tip: To retain detail in your fluffy pet’s fur, position the light source somewhat to the side rather than straight on.

Shadows create volume
8. Shadows create volume. That’s how photographers describe three dimensionality, the sense of seeing an image as an object in space, not projected on a flat surface.
Again, lighting from the side, above, or below, by casting deeper and longer shadows, creates the sense of volume. Still-life, product, and landscape photographers use angular lighting for this reason.
Tip: Try “Hollywood lighting” for a dramatic portrait. Position a light high above and slightly to the side of your subject, angled down, but not so much that the shadow of the nose falls more than midway down the upper lip.

Backlight can be used as highly diffused lighting
9. Backlight can be used as highly diffused lighting. Very few subjects are totally backlit, that is, in pure silhouette, with no light at all falling from the front. A person with his back to a bright window will have light reflected from an opposite wall falling on him. Someone standing outside with her back to bright sunlight will have light falling on her from the open sky in front of her. In either case, you’ll need to increase exposure to record the light falling on the subject—and this light will deemphasize facial texture and dimensionality.
Tip: For spark in a backlit portrait or silhouette, try compositions that include the light source. This can drive your meter crazy, though, so bracket your exposures.

Light has color, even when it looks “white.”
10. Light has color, even when it looks “white.” This is called color temperature, and our eye/brain computer is very adept at adjusting our perception so that we hardly notice it. Digital sensors and film, though, may record color casts where our eyes didn’t see them.
The color of early morning and late afternoon sunlight is warm in tone, while open shade at midday can be quite bluish. Tungsten light bulbs cast very yellow light. And any surface that light bounces off can add its color.
With digital cameras, you can use the white-balance control to neutralize color casts or to emphasize them—for example, to add a warmer tone to a landscape or portrait. With slide film, you had to choose the right film for the light you’d be shooting in, or compensate with filters.
Tip: Landscapes shot on clear days can be very blue, especially in the shadows. Set your camera’s color balance to Cloudy, which acts as a warming filter for a more golden glow.

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    • Alex S.

      Very nice shots Marteinn ,you have to upload your photos in the album on this page for models and make up artist so they can download it ,please do that when you have time ,Thank you

      February 24, 2014

    • Alex S.

      Looks like meet up doing update and maintenance that's why we cant upload photos for now, let's do it later. Thank you all

      February 24, 2014

  • Alex S.

    It was very good,and we had few new models and photographer , with wonderful make up artist to help us take lots of beautiful shot. Thanks for making one more successful event .

    February 24, 2014

  • Yan Z.

    Alex, I will come in a little bit late...it is snow so my daughter's activity session this morning is delayed. I believe you guys will have a small tutorial session...it will be great if you can do that session around 2:00 pm not 1:00 pm, so I won't miss it.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi Alex, Can I still join the shoot?

    February 23, 2014

  • Maria L.

    If somebody needs a ride from White Rock/South Surrey, let me know

    February 23, 2014

  • Katherine A.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it this time :(

    February 23, 2014

  • Trevor W.

    Sorry can't make it after all. Next time!

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Alex S.

      Take your time.

      February 22, 2014

  • Alex S.

    ANY ONE WHO IS IN WAITING LIST THEY ARE COMING FOR EVENT ALSO BUT THEY HAVE SIGNED UP IN MODEL AND MAKE UP PAGE OR THEY ARE ORGANIZERS,MODELS AND MAKE UP ARTIST PLEASE SIGN UP IN MODEL AND MAKE UP SIGN UP PAGE.THANK YOU

    February 22, 2014

  • Alex S.

    All make up artist and models please sign up in new page just for models and make up artist by clicking this link , Thank you http://www.meetup.com/photoshot/events/167735362/

    February 22, 2014

  • Alex S.

    Mark Steffens was asking about new meet up event,that is just for make up artist and models to sing up and is same event, you don't have to do anything .Thank you

    February 22, 2014

  • Alex S.

    Hi ,we are around 30 here but I think 17 of us are photographers , I will create make up and models page to sign you models and make up artist there and have one more album for 500 photos , please sign up there if you can also to help me know how many photographer are coming and we can choose the models, because 4 or 5 models are coming with me also. Thank you

    February 22, 2014

  • marie

    Help out where I can. Thank you for organizing.

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Alex S.

      Thank you Marie,see you tomorrow

      February 22, 2014

  • mayuko

    Hi,Alex Smith and Co-Organizers. My name is Mayuko.
    I've never joined events ,but i'm interested in how it is. If you don't mind,can i just look at the event tomorrow for a short time? Because i don't have a camera and i'm not a model.

    February 22, 2014

    • Alex S.

      Sure Mayuko , You can come as my guest .I will add you to my list then . Thank you and see you tomorrow.

      February 22, 2014

  • Yan Z.

    Have to cancel my sun peak trip due to road condition...but I can make this one now...still happy

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Alex S.

    The event is Sunday not tomorrow ,I made a mistake in comment.

    February 21, 2014

  • Alex S.

    I want to mansion that Lanii, Neli, Stella and Terra will be event make up artist ,and we can use Kathy's help if we need it .Thanks to all of you. See you all tomorrow.Cheers

    February 21, 2014

    • Maria L.

      Alex Smith, you said tomorrow (that is Saturday) but I thought that the meetup is on Sunday.

      1 · February 21, 2014

    • Alex S.

      Sorry Sunday not tomorrow

      February 21, 2014

  • Trevor W.

    I'm out for this one. 30 people is just waaaaay too crowded for Ironworks.

    February 19, 2014

    • Alex S.

      I think there is just 10 models and make up artist so it will be 16 photographers .

      February 20, 2014

    • Trevor W.

      Okay I'm back in, then

      February 21, 2014

  • Alex S.

    Hi ,
    Just want to let you all know that we have pleasure of having Ashlee ,Samaris, Asaka, Asato,Misa,Katherine ,Oscar and Nanci as a models for this event .
    Please make up artist mention your name under this post for models information also.
    Thank you.

    February 17, 2014

    • Alex S.

      Sorry I forgot Lanii is with us also. Thanks to all of you.

      February 18, 2014

    • Katherine A.

      Awesome! Will bring my kit for sure :)

      February 21, 2014

  • Katherine A.

    Hi alex please let me know if I can join as a model or if you have enough, thanks :)

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Alex S.

    Hi,
    I have seen some of you are asking about how we are going to do this and is any set up there to do all those in studio, and who they bringing up those question they never showed up in past in our events, that's why they may don't know when we are planning some event, I specially putting lots of time and energy to set everything right as much as possible to have a useful workshop , We will have explanation about how to use those lights sources and we will practice after that ,but for some beginner the main point may just be how to set their camera right to be able to use those lights, and we will have few hours to learn from each other and experienced photographers they can help others also ,and its not just science and technological part of the photography that can make big difference , it's your smartness and creativity to make different image than any other photographers with your style and vision .Thank you
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2nNxaBA6ss

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Alex,

    Just wondering how up to 40 photographers (currently 22) can effectively work in that studio? I shot there with another Meetup group of 11 people with 3 models that used both back rooms and the patio, and that was about right for the space. Is the studio you are adding one of the two at Ironworks?

    Cheers,

    Chris

    February 12, 2014

    • Alex S.

      Hi ,I don't think we can be 40 ,but we had even 40 before and we used everywhere with no problem .

      February 12, 2014

  • Alex S.

    Hi , I am adding one more studio , to open some room ,it will help if you guys pay online ,so I can know who will not cancel 5 min before event . Cheers

    February 12, 2014

  • Jeanie W.

    will join as model

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Peter H

    Irina D. ...FYI: London Drugs has a very nice 'Sigma' portrait lens on sale at a great price. It's their 17-70 lens (aprox 28 to 110 on cropped frame cameras). It has macro and an optical stabilizer, it's fast, F2.8-4, for only $300. Also are you going to invite a couple of your friends to model for us? (With Alex's ok of course.)

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested in hearing more about how this event will run. Will 9 out of the 10 point be setup or is this a shoot own our own style?

    February 9, 2014

    • Alex S.

      We have all those sources around us always ,and we will try to practice them in this event, also you as one of the professional expert photographer can be very helpful to make this workshop more useful for amateur photographers , if you can have time to join us. Thank you for your attention.

      February 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Alex! I am interested in coming if there is structured demo and explanation/instruction on each of the 9 as I love seeing that kind of stuff. If its a free for all shoot, I actually have too many shoots going on right now. Looking forward to hearing how technical this shoot will be!

      1 · February 10, 2014

  • Alex S.

    I have to super beautiful models Asaka and Asato also joining us as a models for this event and they will sign up later .

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Nanci

    Hi Alex,
    I'd love to be part of this event if you still need models for it! Am I correct to sign up on this page if I am coming as a model or is there a separate model sign up page? Let me know! Thanks, Alex! :)

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Peter H

    Looks like fun. The more practice the better. :-)

    2 · February 9, 2014

    • Alex S.

      Yes Peter you are right ,only practice can make perfect .

      February 9, 2014

  • Alex S.

    Let's study how to use lights from any source , also I
    want any of you who can to pay online so we can have a record of our income for accountant.

    February 9, 2014

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