Light in Photography for Beautiful Picture Frames
We live in a beautiful world filled with moments that we wish would remain still until we could get enough of it. Thanks to photography we are able to capture such moments and display them with beautiful picture frames.
Photography does not come easily to all. There are at least some of us mesmerised with the beauty of several effects presented in beautiful photographs, trying all our tricks at getting it right. This blog is for them, with some pointers for taking and framing the perfect photograph.
Light is the core element of photography. It helps in the magical transformation of the look and feel it imparts to an image. If the shutters do not open to allow in light, the camera sensors will not be able to pick up the details of the picture. Knowledge about the different sources of light and the ways to implement it in a photograph is the key to creating, composing and capturing the perfect photograph.
Let’s take at a look at how we can best use natural light and artificial light to manage different effects and shadows of a photograph.
Going natural with ambient light
Ambient light or more simply natural light is one of the most important raw materials in photography. It involves the use of natural light, which is the sun as the source of light. Ambient lighting offers a wide scope to compose and capture different styles of photographs. This can be done by adjusting the direction and intensity of light, by choosing different times of the day and different positions in relation to the sun, to create photographs of different moods.
Among the different types of ambient lighting, Backlighting is one of the favourites to create photographs of different moods depending on the exposure, framing and atmospheric conditions. Top lighting helps in composing photographs with a deeper, darker mood and dramatic effect that can be beautifully displayed in complimenting picture frames.
Other lighting methods in ambient lighting includes window lighting, hard direction lighting and so on. You can read more about these lighting methods and how they can be implemented here.
Manipulating light with artificial lighting
Artificial lighting helps in manipulating and replicating the lighting in a photograph in a way that influences its interaction with the subject of photography. Artificial lighting is the best method to be used in case of photography in rooms or studios where ambient lighting is scarce.
Artificial lighting offers several advantages over natural light in that they can be controlled and altered to create different effects with flexibility. Artificial light sources are of different types, which offers you a wider scope to play with its different properties and thus capture images in a variety of styles and moods.
Artificial lighting offers the ability to alter and play with different characteristics of a photograph such as the shadows and lines. Learn more about the power of artificial lighting here.
The power of diffusion with soft light
Soft light in the simplest form involves the diffusion of light making shadows disruptive and less defined. This helps the light wrap around the subject creating images where blemishes and lines are less pronounced.
Soft light is generally used in the case of portraits. You can learn more after soft light and its application here.
The harder edges with hard light
Hard light, in direct contrast to soft light, helps in creating harder edges, shadows and lines which imparts a dramatic effect to the picture. Hard light when used right helps in enhancing an image but can create an unwanted focus, if not used well.
Hard light is generally not preferred in case of portraits as it highlights the hard edges making blemishes and lines more prominent. Here, the light is not diffused and is produced from a single source such as the sun or an artificial source. Read more about hard light photography.
While these are some of the features that greatly influence a photograph, there are more characteristics such as exposure that affect the quality of a photograph. In addition to these, the beauty of a photography also greatly depends on the type of frame it is enclosed with and the surrounding in which it is displayed. Find some effective ideas for picture framing in our previous blogs.
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