Photography Lighting Providing The Best Picture Possible
Everyone loves a good photograph. However, many people have no clue of how to take one. Often times a picture turns out well simply because the lighting happened to be perfect on its own. In order to consistently take good photos one should understand how to use lights and shadows to enhance the subject. Good photography lighting isn't difficult if you understand the basics, and there are a few tips that can help you take good pictures every time.
When taking a portrait, the placement of the lighting can determine how well a subject will look in the picture. If the lighting hits from behind it will make the portrait appear dark, which will give it a silhouette appearance. Unless this was the desired effect, not being able to see the subject clearly may be a disappointment. Front lighting is better for portraits and the placement of the light source should be fairly close to the subject to illuminate the facial features. The closer the light to the subject, the brighter the features will look. Front lighting that is too far away will be harsh and not as flattering since the light rays will spread out instead of being focused on the subject. Whenever possible, studio lighting will provide the best overall effect for portrait taking.
For landscape pictures, it's best to try to have the light hitting from the side. This will help the trees, rocks and other elements in the picture to look sharper than if the light hits head on. The time of day or night that the photo is snapped will also play into the coloration of the final picture. During the morning hours the light will have a warm hue in a picture, while pictures taken in the afternoon will tend to have a bluish hue. It's not something you can see, but the camera reads the colors in this manner and processes them accordingly.
If you're not sure of how much lighting to use, remember that the broader the amount of light that falls on the subject, the softer the subject will appear in the picture. A single sharply focused light will yield a harder looking subject matter. That's why it's difficult to get a good picture with a single flash. Bouncing the light source off something to diffuse it, such as an umbrella, will yield a better lit photograph.