Digital Photography Lighting Methods

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Good Studio Lighting for Macro Photography

Artificial light can create beautiful results in macro and close-up photography, but it can also cause your images to look forced, cheap, or unreal. Learning to position your lights — the [more…]

Keep a Natural Light Look in the Studio

In order to create a natural-appearing light in the studio for close-up and macro photography, you need both a key light and a fill light. The key light [more…]

Creative Studio Lighting for Macro Photography

After you master the basics of creating a two-light system for a more natural look in the studio, perhaps you’d like to try getting more creative with your photographic style. Doing so can benefit macro [more…]

Balance the Intensities of Lights in Close-Up Photography

The studio can be a close-up photographer’s best friend. It’s a totally controlled environment, meaning there’s wind only if you choose to create it, light comes from whatever direction you wish it to, [more…]

The Benefits of Using Artificial Light in Close-Up Photography

Photographers cannot control natural light. If you rely on the natural light to serve a specific purpose or to create a specific look in your close-up or macro photography, there’s always a possibility [more…]

Combine Artificial and Natural Light for Macro Photography

Available, natural light (like that coming in from a window) can sometimes be very dim and require large apertures and slow shutter speeds to capture a correct exposure. This combination causes images [more…]

Artificial Light, Natural Light, and Your Exposure

In many situations, you’ll find yourself working with both artificial and natural available light sources. How you approach each situation is up to you. Whether you use your lights to overpower natural [more…]

Overpower Daylight with Artificial Light for Macro Photography

Strobe and flash lighting aren’t just for the studio. You can use artificial light outdoors following the same guidelines. The main difference is that the daylight is typically much brighter outside than [more…]

Different Types of Natural Light for Macro Photography

Natural light — light provided by the sun — is one of your most valuable resources as a macro and close-up photographer. It’s free, provides many different qualities and intensities of light to work with [more…]

Contrast when Photographing in Direct Sun

Direct sun is light that comes right through the atmosphere to your subject. Mastering the art of macro photography using direct sun means controlling the relationship between shadows and highlights. [more…]

Reveal Texture when Photographing in Full Sun

Because direct sun is a hard light source, it works great for revealing texture in macro and close-up photographs. Direct sun can emphasize the coarse characteristics of a stone, or the systematic pattern [more…]

Backlighting as a Creative Tool in Close-Up Photography

Backlighting a subject for macro photography generally is referred to as silhouette lighting because it tends to reveal the shape of something without providing much [more…]

The Color of Open Shade in Close-Up Photographs

Different types of natural daylight affect your scenes and subjects in various ways that you can harness in your macro and close-up photography. Open shade, or ambient light, is that which bounces around [more…]

The Quality of Light Produced by Open Shade

The sky is a much larger light source than the sun; therefore, the light produced by open shade is much softer. It is multidirectional and produces shadows with gradual edges rather than those with hard [more…]

Macro Photography on Cloudy Days

Some close-up subjects may work best in a very soft light, such as flowers, feathers, liquids, or any subject with a reflective surface. Other subjects may work better in light that’s only slightly diffused [more…]

Use Natural Light for Close-Up and Macro Photography

Many people prefer to use natural light in macro and close-up photography. You may choose not to use artificial light sources because you don’t like the quality of light you get from a flash, you don’t [more…]

Use Artificial Light in Dog Photography

You’ll likely take a lot of your dog photos indoors under man-made light sources. When you’re inside, you have more control over the light, which is good because indoor light isn’t always quality light [more…]

Use Natural Light in Dog Photography

Light takes on many different forms in its natural state, from extremely bright midday sun to the soft rays of dawn and everything in between. In dog photography, natural outdoor light is your best friend [more…]

Make the Most of Natural Light for Dog Photography

Sometimes, you can photograph dogs indoors with natural light if you’re careful about choosing the right time of day and the appropriate room to get the job done, sans alien eyes [more…]

External Flash Power and Dog Photography

Another option for adding supplemental light to your dog photos is to use an external flash unit. These are battery-operated units that connect to your camera’s hot shoe and provide much more flexibility [more…]

Allow Light to Determine When You Photograph Dogs

Take a second to ponder all the moments of your pooch’s life that you want to try to capture. That’s the first step to deciding when to pull out your camera. Do you want to photograph mealtime? Playtime [more…]

Use Your Built-in Flash for Dog Photography

When all else fails and you simply can’t achieve a fast enough shutter speed with only the available natural light, it’s time to turn to your flash for some supplemental light during your dog photography [more…]

How to Light Photos of Sleeping Dogs

One of the photos you probably want to take is of your dog in a relaxed, resting state. These shots are fairly easy to get, considering the amount of time dogs spend loafing around during the day. [more…]

Fill Flash and Dog Photography

Occasionally when photographing dogs outdoors you need supplemental lighting, or fill flash. Even though it sounds like it refers to a piece of equipment, [more…]

Adjust for Extra-Bright Locations during Dog Photography Sessions

Photographing dogs in extra-bright locations, like the beach, presents a lighting challenge. In the case of the beach, so much light reflects off the water that it fools your camera’s light sensor into [more…]

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