Digital Photography Lighting Methods

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How to Position Lights for a Professional-Looking Portrait

You can use multiple-light setup for your digital images. Setting up a multiple-light system isn’t very hard; it’s just a question of positioning your lights to illuminate your subject attractively. With [more…]

How to Handle Common Digital Photography Lighting Issues

You may run into some problems when trying to light scenes that you want to photograph with your digital camera. But don’t just live with the troubles that existing lighting gives you. Lighting problems [more…]

No-Cost Lighting Tricks to Improve Your Digital Photos

You can find a huge assortment of lighting gadgets in seemingly every price range, all promising to produce a higher quality of light in your digital photographs. The following lighting tricks use household [more…]

How to Backlight a Portrait Subject

Backlighting, also known as rim lighting, can create an almost magical glow or halo-like effect for your portrait subject. With backlighting, you create a rim of light that highlights your subject’s form [more…]

Using Your Digital Camera’s Fill Flash to Light a Photo

When you set your digital camera to fill flash (also called forced flash), the flash always goes off, regardless of the amount of light in the scene. Fill-flash mode is especially helpful for outdoor shots [more…]

How to Take a Portrait Using Butterfly Lighting

A glamorous style of lighting is butterfly lighting. This type of lighting creates a subtle butterfly of light with the bridge of the nose as the axis for the “wings” of light that spread over the eyes [more…]

Cheap Lighting Gadgets for Your Digital Camera

For just a few pennies (well, maybe dollars), you can add some gadgets designed specifically for photography lighting to your arsenal. Decide how you want to manipulate the light for your photo, then get [more…]

Using Studio Lighting when You Take Your Digital Photos

You can make your digital photos look professional by using studio lighting. Many digital cameras can use high-quality studio lighting kits. These kits, which use very powerful flash heads, provide a predictable [more…]

How to Take a Portrait Using Short Lighting

When you use short lighting, you need to turn your subject’s head so that his or her face isn’t staring directly into the camera. The main light source in short lighting comes from the side of the face [more…]

Reducing Red Eye in Your Digital Photos by Using the Flash

The so-called camera red-eye problem happens when the flash reflects in the subject’s eyes, giving them a red glint. Your digital camera’s red-eye reduction mode aims to thwart this phenomenon by firing [more…]

Using Professional Digital Photography Lighting Gadgets

If you’re willing to shell out the cash, you can get some high-quality lighting gadgets to use with your digital camera. Professional lighting tools can make your digital photography life easier, and the [more…]

How to Take a Portrait Using Broad Lighting

When you shoot a portrait of someone using broad lighting, it widens the subject’s face by emphasizing the side of the face turned toward the camera (the broad side). Use this lighting technique for portrait [more…]

Types of Digital Camera External Flash Units

You can find many different electronic flash units for your digital camera. Before buying flash equipment, though, be sure it works with your digital camera. Choose from several types of digital camera [more…]

How to Use Existing Light when Taking Digital Photos

If you don’t have access to lighting equipment for your digital photos, you can adjust the existing light (called ambient light by photographers) to create the effect you want. Work with the existing light [more…]

How to Minimize the Flash Delays on Your Digital Camera

Your digital camera’s flash can cause delays because it needs to build up a full charge between shots. These delays can make you miss the perfect photo opportunity. You can minimize these delays, but you [more…]

Use Light to Compose Your Photograph

The possible brightness values in the scenes you photograph range from dark shadows to bright highlights. When you photograph a scene, pay attention to the direction from which the light is coming. [more…]

How to Fix an Image with Blown-Out Highlights

Your digital camera has a built-in meter that measures the amount of light in the scene and chooses settings to serve up what the camera thinks is a properly exposed image. However, when you photograph [more…]

Lighting Equipment for Macro and Close-Up Photography

From a technical standpoint, macro and close-up photography can be more difficult to master than other styles of photography. Lighting can be an obstacle that is much easier to deal with when you’re equipped [more…]

Issues with Light in Macro Photography

Some point and shoot digital cameras enable you to get as close as one centimeter from your subjects and still achieve sharp focus, but doing so can be problematic as far as light is concerned. When you’re [more…]

Cloudy Light and White Balance

Light that is diffused through cloud cover casts a blue overtone in photographs just as open-shade lighting does. However, the blue shift in cloudy light is not as prevalent as that in open shade. [more…]

The Quality of Light around Sunrise and Sunset

The sunrise and sunset produce a direct, hard light source, but when the sun is behind the horizon, it produces a much softer type of light. And the lower it is beneath the horizon, the less directional [more…]

Create Natural Light for Close-Up Photography

In some cases the type of natural light you have isn’t the one you want for your close-up subject or your message. This is nothing to worry about, so long as you’re prepared with field lighting equipment [more…]

Make Light Like Sunshine for Macro Photographs

Perhaps the most complex of all natural lighting techniques is creating direct sun on a cloudy day. You need a battery-powered flash or a strobe to make this happen. [more…]

Size and Distance of Lights in Macro Photography

Although a creative approach can usually overcome any lighting obstacles, in macro and close-up photography you’re typically working with subjects and scenes that are very small, and your camera tends [more…]

Accessorize Your Lights for Macro Photography

Accessories are attachments that fix to the front of the light, altering the size, shape, and/or direction of the light source. They’re useful for macro and close-up photography a great option for changing [more…]

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