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Posted on April 13, 2013

How To Properly Light A Photo

Scrapbook/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Proper lighting is one of the most crucial elements of a good picture,
yet is one of the most commonly overlooked. Follow these simple steps to
make sure your pics impress.

Step 1 –
Determine the "dominant light source." An easy way to do this is to look
at the shadows in the area – they will point away from the dominant
light source. If there are multiple light sources, the dominant one will
create the darkest shadows.

Step 2 –
Decide what type of shot you're after. Usually you'll be wanting a
fully-lit shot of your subject with as little shadow as possible.

Step 3 –
If you're going for a normal, well-lit photo, shoot away from the light
source. This will eliminate harsh shadows and make sure your subject is
lit up in your pic.

Other Tips –

  • Don't rely on the flash! Most digital cameras have
    an automatic flash that's there to "fill" in bad lighting situations.
    Problem is, it's usually a pretty harsh light, and can wind up
    reflecting off your subject and making them look washed out. If there's
    enough light in the area and you're following these steps, turn the
    flash off!
  • If you're outside during the day, the dominant light source is easy
    to find – not much is going to outshine that big light in the sky. Shoot
    away from the sun whenever possible.
  • Don't stifle your creativity. Odds are you've got over a hundred
    shots to waste on that camera of yours – use them. This is simply how to
    properly light a photo – sometimes improper shots can accidentally wow
    everyone with your artistic ability. (from eHow.com via John Sanpietro)                                                                 

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