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See the light and remember it



Lighting in photography is a living, changing art. One of the most important abilities of a photographer is to see light and to remember it. Light is the most changing element in our daily life. We move among solid objects and among people who do not change drastically during a day or a week. But visually the appearance of our environment and of people around us may change from one hour to the next due to the time of day, the weather, or the particular source of light. Photographers are aware of these changes and store in their memory the impact different types of light have on our emotions and our subconscious. For a photographer, watching the light becomes second nature. 

Some of the photographer's palette of tools:

-The angle of light
-Quality (hard or soft)
-Color
-Intensity


Angle of light


:bulletpink: front lighting:

clary by wendy-in-neverland shadow painting by wendy-in-neverland 
(The mask project) by jarofcherryjam 57588 by aleksandra88

:bulletpink: side lighting:

 Noir by Eman333 Lika by kuzminphoto
 shadows by SlevinAaron What if by haania

:bulletpink: back lighting:

Surreal State Of Enlightenment. Sunset. by LevAni11 lovestruck by vampire-zombie
face by MartaSyrko sister and brother) by StefaChaotic


Quality of light


Hard vs Soft: Light can be hard, soft or gradations in between.  
Soft lighting gained its popularity because it gives the scene a more natural look than hard lighting. But at the same time, it has a danger of lacking character. Soft light is very forgiving. Uncontrolled, it is still acceptable photographically. It's really hard for soft light to look bad, but it's not hard for hard light to look bad. If you go too soft in the lighting, it just becomes boring. The difficult thing is really to light softly, but to create a contrast at the same time. 
The hardest source of light known in nature is the noonday sun; whereas an overcast sky is the softest source known.


:bulletpink: soft light:

Portfolio by aufzehengehen The paper heart of children birds. by LVSkoglund
 Francesco II by uglybug 

:bulletpink: hard light:

Fleur by BohemianButterflies 
 1500 by BenoitPaille 


Color


Light has color. We all can differentiate the different color temperature the light has when you are walking in that beautiful light just before the sunset or normal day light, or flash. 

to all the ships at sea by sarahannloreth Untitled by aleksandra88
2012-31 by SmallFly madeleine with strange suitcase by SlevinAaron


Intensity


The amount of daylight changes with the hour, weather, season and latitude.



:lightbulb: A fun exercise :lightbulb:
  • Staying as close to home as possible,find a location that lets you face east and head there in time for the sunrise. Compose your shot with a focal length between 35-50mm and shoot into the sunrise. Shoot the same composition one or two hours later, then at noon, then two hours before sunset, then one hour before sunset, and then at sunset.
  • Repeat this exercise during these same intervals with another composition but as you face to the south.
  • Finally, download the images into your computer and look at them in a slideshow. That way you will really see and feel the difference of the light and the difference that the right time of the day can make.



:heart: Feel free to share your results of the exercise in the comments below! :heart:

What kind of lighting do you tend to use in your photography? Are you a hard light lover or a soft light lover? And why?





It's Photography Week over at #projecteducate! Go and have a look at the schedule here. :aww:
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tonepainter Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article, and wonderful selection of images! :D
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Thank you! :aww:
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Thanks, even comes with exercises I like it more already.
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Glad you liked it. :thumbsup:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Great article :clap:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thank you! :aww:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    My pleasure dear :happybounce:
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MarinaDW Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Great article, i like the photos of the color and quality of lights!
I will do the exercises ;)
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:icondianagrigore:
DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Yay! Thank you!:aww:
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Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
light can be VERY fascinating... :heart: great article!!!
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Thank you! :heart:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   General Artist
Lovely article! :love:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Thank you, `Infinite-Heart! :heart:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner May 19, 2013   General Artist
:huggle:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner May 19, 2013   General Artist
:huggle:
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
A truly lovely feature! Thanks for sharing!! :salute:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I'm glad you enjoyed reading it! Thank you!:aww:
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PurpleInk777 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
You're very welcome! :)

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CaseyDN Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great learning article and wonderful examples!
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Thank you, ~nerdyturd! For more wonderful examples like that, you can check out my favorites, they're all from there:aww:
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CaseyDN Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome! I often do check out the peole I follows favs ;)
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
:aww:
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hayley--jade Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have no idea which I am, I don't do many portraits.
This was REALLY helpful, though, and I plan on referring to it often :)
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I'm glad it was helpful to you! :aww:
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akio-stock Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Light comes into play in all areas of photography, not just portraits:)
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
True, I chose to feature portraits because the easiest way to exemplify lighting(and practice) is with a sphere. :)
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akio-stock Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, that is true. But it could give people the impression that good light is only relevant if their shooting people:)
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hayley--jade Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is true :)
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
:thubmsup:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
:thumbsup:
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Einsilbig Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I like a lot what you have done here, :thumbsup:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Thank you! :aww:
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Sarah-BK Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very wonderful article :clap:

It's so true though. When I first got my SLR, I never payed any attention to lighting. The first thing to notice was that grain increased in darker situations (back when I still used the auto settings :giggle:). Then I took control over ISO and aperture, and then I realized I needed good lighting for photos. Eventually I realized that the light source, type and angle (time of day) makes the biggest difference of all - and it's something I've realized only quite recently. It has already started to make an imprint in my head and is slowly becoming second nature for me too, and the more I experiment with different day-time photos and choosing different places in my house to take photos, the more it all makes sense :meow:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Your words are so true and thanks for sharing your experience, practicing and experimenting, failing and succeeding is what makes us progress and grow. And it's so true that most people strive to have good cameras in thinking that the camera makes the photograph look good, but you can get amazing results if you know how to light your image well and use any camera of choice.
:aww:
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Sarah-BK Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed - learning is such a wonderful process :)

Mhm! The only real advantage with a pro camera though is more flexibility like aperture and such (:
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Leny97 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
aww, thanks for the tips. :hug:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Glad you enjoyed them! :hug:
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bluemangoimages Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I really prefer hard light, but it is much harder to capture.
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
True. It's a matter of balancing the proportions and as a final thought, what looks best for your concept. :thumbsup:
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jaffacakesandpopcorn Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
That was a really good read :D i prefer those magic hours before sunset or in the morning :) Last evening it rained so hard but the light on the trees was so surreal and beautiful, the colours really were incredible against the black sky.. i nearly went and got my camera :D
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Well, you know how it goes..you can never go wrong with light+rain(wet street, reflections,etc) combo :D
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jaffacakesandpopcorn Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I shall quote you.. next time i chuck a bucket of water on a model :giggle:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
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Of course you will :P
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SweediesArt Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning art!!!!!!!!!
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed them :aww:
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SweediesArt Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely article!
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Thank you, Oli!:hug:
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miontre Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome article! :icongood2plz:
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
You and your plz accounts!
I saw that smiley face in my comments section and I knew it was you :giggle:
Thank you!:hug:
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