T&P Tip#4:  LIGHT

One of the key essentials of Photography is Light. Without light (in one form or other) there can be no photograph. Similarly, when you see a photograph you should be able to read certain aspects out of it, especially the ones that define the quality. Once you are able to read the light at a venue it will help you select the camera settings – quicker and accurately.

In this tip I will touch upon very basics of Light and its effect on the shot. What are the Types of Light

  1. Direct Light
  2. Diffused Light

1. Direct Light creates strong/dark shadows. Any source of light that is throwing light directly on the subject and farther it is OR smaller it is (with respect to the subject in the frame) the darker the shadow it throws. Think of the sun on a bright clear sky day, or a spotlight on a dark stage – all you will get are dark shadows.

2. Diffused Light means brighter/lighter shadows. Such light shadows help even out the irregularity on the skin or the effects of ageing.

Light also forms an important component of the ‘Exposure Triangle‘. The Exposure triangle is a crucial equation that consists of 3 major variables ‘Aperture (f-stop), Shutter Speed and ISO‘.
Exposure Triangle_1.jpgLight affects each of these 3 externally. A compensatory change in the value of light makes altering the values of the 3 variables mandatory in order to improve the sharpness of the image. The Exposure triangle appears complex but is easy to understand. Once a photographer gets a grasp taking crisp shots becomes a routine.

Stay tuned for more information on the Exposure Triangle, its effects on photography and getting it right.

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