If you’ve ever struggled to position a light correctly, or wondered how to avoid glaring reflections in an image, this class will answer all of your questions.
Here, Karl breaks down some simple laws of physics to help you get to grips with how reflections work and how you can optimise them in your photography.
After describing the four different types of reflection, Karl goes on to explain the angle of incidence and the angle of reflection. (In the video, the latter is sometimes referred to as the ‘angle of reflectance’.)
Understanding how these angles relate to one another is crucial to capturing successful photographs. Using graphical examples, mirrors, laser pointers, smoke pellets and even a Harley Davidson motorcycle, Karl demonstrates how to put this key aspect of lighting theory into practice.
To wrap up the class, he shares a handy technique for removing glaring reflections from a shot – without having to move your lights.
By the end of the video, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how light works and how to harness and manipulate it for stronger images.
In this photography class:
- The four types of reflection
- The angle of incidence
- The angle of reflection
- Using polarising filters in photography
- How to use a laser pointer to position studio lights
- Adjusting focal length to alter reflections
You may also like to watch How and Why to Polarise Light in Studio Photography, which Karl mentions in the conclusion to this class.
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