Any effective image should evoke emotion — whether it be a sense of a bright, summer’s day or a darker sense of mystery — and it is only through careful use of light that we can achieve that.
This in-depth chapter details everything from the theory and physics of light to the human perception of color. Karl reviews a number of images from his portfolio to show how two photographs with the same model and light source can look completely different.
He then goes on to demonstrate these principles, exploring the effects of directional lighting, various lighting modifiers and the effect of the inverse square law.
This photography class is a must-watch for those wanting to understand the emotion of light and how to use it to best effect. More information on the theory of light can be found in Chapter One of our portrait photography section.
- Human visual response to light
- Theory of colour — juxtaposing and complementary colours and their effects
- Directional light and its impact
- How to control shadows
- Using negative fill to control light
- Simulating sunlight with a single light
- How to control light in small studio spaces
- Using reflectors and flags
- Lighting modifiers and their effects
- The best modifiers for soft light
- How to work with and balance multiple lights
- Four different lighting setups for effective portrait photography
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