The Basics of Professional Studio Lighting
Posted on 02 August 2012
Most photographers start out with a camera and that is all. As the interest in photography grows, so does the equipment that they buy. Basic equipment can start at around $500 and go up as you customize your choices.
There are three basic rules of lighting for photographers; size of the light source, what types of reflection, and family of angles. It is vital that you have good lighting but it is even more important to have adequate size of your light source.
If you are taking pictures outdoors on a sunny day with no clouds in site, then the sun is your main light source. If you have a day that is cloudy, even partial clouds, the sun is no longer the main source of lighting. The clouds will instead soften shadows that will give your object soft edges.
If you use professional studio lighting, you will be providing what the sun cannot when snapping outdoor pictures. This will allow you to take your picture without any complications or darkness that cannot be reversed.
There are many angles that you can shoot a picture from. Each angle will definitely create a different look, even if it is of the same pose. The angle can help you decide where to place your lighting, where not to place it, and how much lighting will be needed with every pose.
Timing is also important when snapping a picture. When setting up your outdoor professional studio lighting you need to consider the timing it takes for you to set up. If you will be fifteen minutes preparing your set up, you may lose the right reflection of sunlight on your subject at that one spot.
Allow yourself enough time to set up your studio outside. If you want to capture the sun at a particular time, you must set up earlier in order to capture it.