How To Add Photo Effects Lighting. Although setting your camera to one of the auto exposure modes is a great way to solve the immediate problem of getting a properly exposed image, it won't solve your lighting concerns, and it's your lighting that really makes the difference. Many photographers soon realize that what separates their images from better work is the application of good lighting techniques and different types of lighting sources. I would say that the ability to skillfully use lighting is the number one technical skill a photographer should seek to acquire in order to produce good work. Unfortunately, this is also the number one place photographers tend to drop the ball. There are photography ideas and expert Tips you can use to create photo effects your customers will love - you will find links to a blog on what to do to get effective expert photographic strategies to apply creative photo editing is at the last paragraph of this article.
Sure, lighting isn't easy at first, and maybe that's why so many photographers just give up on learning how to do it properly. It takes time, experimentation, and a good teacher to help you get to where you need to go with photographic lighting. Good books and tutorials can help you with that. When I teach, my goal is to show readers how to use natural, constant, and flash lighting in a way that really gives them a handle on it quickly.
In order to really master lighting for photography, you should learn the following things:
How light actually behaves. By learning the properties of light, you can easily control the way it can be directed, redirected, and modified to suit your needs.
How light is measured in photography. There's a very easy and powerful math to photographic lighting (which I touched on earlier). It's been around for a long time and has served photographers well. Learning how to measure light is crucial to good lighting and good exposures.
How to use strobe/flash lighting. This is one of the most powerful and convenient types of lighting you can learn to use. Knowing how to use both on-camera and off-camera flash is what separates many photographers. While it's ok to feel comfortable being a "natural light only" photographer, it's also limiting.
Lighting for portraiture. Using your knowledge of lighting will transform your portraiture work to a new level. There are five important lighting patterns you should absolutely know. Starting with a single light source, you can apply these patterns and build upon them to eventually create portraits that take advantage of multiple lights.
Mixing and matching light sources. Make sure to understand how different light sources (although many appear to look white to your eyes) will cause major color shifts in your exposures. You can handle these problems in-camera with good white balance techniques and also during post-processing.
I believe in teaching portraiture in a semi-traditional way; instructing on the fundamentals and quickly moving to a more freestyle approach. An appreciation for traditional lighting patterns and contemporary portraiture will give you a good foundation for all of your portraiture work. But in today's marketplace, the old traditional portraiture isn't the only game in town. Working photographers should look beyond typical portraiture to find ways to differentiate themselves from others. One of the main things I like to stress is that you should start thinking about unconventional posing, directing, lighting, etc. eventually developing your own style.
Again, this all begins with really knowing the fundamentals of lighting, and getting very comfortable with your gear so it becomes an extension of your vision and not something that gets in the way of the creative flow. But simply knowing how to use the tools and basic techniques of your craft isn't enough. You need to let go of the things that hold you back from creating your best work and explore new ways to look at and create portraiture. Yes, the soft skills like working with subjects and clients are important which is why it's one of my favorite things to teach.
Here are some of the most important themes and topics I tend to discuss on a regular basis:
Classic Lighting. The basic traditional lighting patterns are classics and always look great. Even if you're the type of photographer who doesn't like to do things the traditional way, get to know the classics because they come in handy and the principles they're based upon apply to ALL types and styles of lighting.
Creative Lighting. I strongly encourage you to go nontraditional, too. Working with your subjects in a way that encourages creativity includes bending and breaking the rules of traditional lighting.
Developing Your Own Style. It's imperative for working photographers to do this in order not to drown in a sea of competition where so many are producing work absent of any unique style or vision. Amateurs have even more reason to explore the artistic areas of portraiture since it is a part of the amateur heritage to do so, and also because they don't have the burden of producing work according to the tastes and needs of paying clients. When I talk about developing your own style, I don't necessarily mean that you can, or should attempt, to do it deliberately. I don't think you can create a true style as much as you can identify it by looking back at your work as time goes on. But in the meantime, take this as a cue to work in a way that is your own.
Portraiture Projects. One of the best ways to expand your body of work, as well as come up with new imagery that you otherwise might not have thought of, is to start a photo art project. Starting with just a simple idea or theme, you might find yourself discovering many different ways to express it. Even a very general concept has a tendency to build on itself as it becomes, at the same time, more defined and diverse. This process of creation and discovery can only enhance your artistic vision and technique.
How to Find Great Subjects. Good models are everywhere, you just have to know how to find them. This is another thing I talk about in my books, but the main message here is that family, friends, and strangers can all make great subjects. You don't always have to look to "model" directory websites to find great people to photograph.
I've gotten some of my best results through other means.
How to Direct Your Subjects. Whether your portrait subject is a client or a collaborator in your next artistic vision, it's very important to get them excited and on-board with your ideas for the shoot. They are the actor in your drama, the star of your movie, even if your "theater" is only an ad-hoc studio setup, your subject's confidence and enthusiasm are key ingredients for a successful shoot.
Make Your Work Personal. This is very important. No matter what, or who, you photograph, if you invest something personally in your efforts, it will show. Your work will be less generic and more substantive. It's often said that all portraits are really self-portraits. While it's not always that evident, the truth is that the best portraits happen when you recognize something special as you click the shutter. And what you recognize most often comes from a very personal place.
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