Light is photography, light is life. It’s light that reveals and hides objects, it can create shadows and depth, or make them disappear and flatten objects. Light is the key to creating vibrant images; so knowing how light changes in intensity and quality very quickly, as well as reflective values of object is one of the hardest things to master.
Light can be hard and directional producing well-defined shadows, or it can be soft and diffused producing softer shadows; each will give you a different effect or mood in your photograph.
Hard light for example isn’t very becoming for flesh, it tends to create shadows from wrinkles and pores. Back lighting an object can accentuate colors and can also be utilized for creating silhouettes and halos. Side lighting can emphasize textures through shadows, and front lighting flattens a photo.
Try shooting your subject at different focal lengths during your session. Photograph your subject at a wide angle to take in the entire scene or go close to isolate a specific detail about your subject you want to emphasis. Try to avoid capturing shots of your subject head-on as they normally appear in front of you, this is the normal everyday perspective and can be mundane. If you move around and shoot from different angles you are showcasing details that normally go unnoticed; in my opinion this is one way to add the “wow” factor to your photographs.
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In this nature photography tutorial we join nature photographer Matthew Schwartz as he walks us through a behind-the-scenes post-processing session for one of his beautiful fine art bird photographs. As noted in the video, his style is “Artistic Images” not “Documentary Photos” so he does manipulate elements in the image.
In this nature photography tutorial Wildlife photographer Matthew Schwartz walks us through a behind-the-scenes post-processing session for one of his beautiful fine art bird photographs. As noted in the video, Matthew’s style of photography is “Artistic Images” not “Documentary Photos” so he does manipulate the elements in the photograph extensively.
In this landscape photography tutorial we explore the art of long exposure with professional landscape photographer Jason P. Odell. In this video Jason discusses the art and artistry of creative long exposure photography and the history as well as the techniques he uses to create his stunning landscape photographs.