Short lighting by definition is when the main light illuminates the side of the face that is turned away from the camera. This lets light fall on the narrow side of the face leaving a shadow on the broad side of the face, which is facing the camera. The actual position of the light or lights will depend on the style and mood of the portrait anticipated.
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In previous articles, we began our study of lighting patterns for portrait photography with broad lighting, short lighting, and split lighting. Now let’s move on to loop lighting. In portrait photography, this lighting pattern tends to be one of the most popular. It is easy to set up and is flattering to most subjects’ facial types.
Lighting is tricky. Mixed lighting is trickier, and in most cases avoided. But learning to control mixed lighting can help you create a distinct look to your photographs. In this short video, Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz explains how to used mixed lighting in the sense of both the type of light, flash and continuous, and in the color temperature of light to create some unique effects.
Screwing up lighting in shots is one of the most basic, common and widespread mistakes that photographers can’t seem to stop themselves from doing. Though lighting is a fundamental aspect of taking pictures, it’s still surprising how many common lighting errors show up in shots quite regularly. There is such a thing as good lighting and, conversely, there is bad lighting.
Not everyone can afford, or need, the most expensive kit when it comes to lighting. As a matter of fact, small and portable lighting kits make a photographer's work even more efficient. Heres a selection of tools to help you assemble your lighting kit even with the smallest of budgets
In this short video we follow photographer Zak Hendrik as he shots a group of athletes for an Indiana University poster.
As photographers, we are always trying to capture photographs that pop. That is, images that combine depth and fine details. This short clip explains how to mix strobe lighting with ambient light to achieve just the right feel.
A lighting system in photography seems to be a fairly expensive area to get into. Thankfully, this article will show you how to put together a flexible and robust lighting system that is both useful and relatively easy on the hip pocket.
Off-camera flash is a huge part of lighting used in photography today. Of course you can’t compare it to studio lighting, but the question is, how close can you get? In this article I will talk about portable lighting, and how to control it with some simple accessories and light modifiers to achieve the big lights look.
For those of us working on limited budgets, we have to learn to make do with what we have. In the short video clip below, photographer, Payton Ruddock, shows us how he used his existing equipment to capture some some sporty photographs of a triathlete. Here’s how he did it:
I'm going to teach you how to create some truly awesome lighting effects. Back when I was a Photoshop beginner I used to look at lighting effects like this and wonder how they could achieved. Quite simply they seemed out of my depth.