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Old 13-09-2008, 01:56   #1 (permalink)
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Struggling with lighting

Whenever I take a picture I always struggle to get the lighting right. It's either altogether too dark or too light or there's random parts of the photo which are one of the other. I can never figure out what sort of lighting I need to take a good picture.

I know when outdoors the sun should generally be behind me but say I'm indoors trying to take a picture of something, I can never figure out if I want the light to be coming from behind me, on top of the object im photographing or in front of me and behind the object.

Any tips about lighting, especially when taking photos indoors?
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Whenever I take a picture I always struggle to get the lighting right. It's either altogether too dark or too light or there's random parts of the photo which are one of the other. I can never figure out what sort of lighting I need to take a good picture.

I know when outdoors the sun should generally be behind me but say I'm indoors trying to take a picture of something, I can never figure out if I want the light to be coming from behind me, on top of the object im photographing or in front of me and behind the object.

Any tips about lighting, especially when taking photos indoors?
The light should not always be behind you, if you are shooting a portrait or wedding and the sun is behind you they will be squinting, if i am taking portraits i shoot into the sun but it takes a lot of practise, I always shoot on manual if you are shooting on aperture or shutter priority you have to make sure you are using the right metering mode, take one shot and check the histogram and adjust the EV up mor down
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Re: Struggling with lighting

Outdoor lighing can often be a compromise. Scenes with elements of sky and landscapes or buildings usually present the most difficult situations. In order to try to balence the lighting in these situations a graduated filter will reduce the brightness of the sky. if your subject is close enough, fill flash can be used to balance the light.

Indoors you have the choice of using available light and often a reflector can assist you to bounce light from a window.

Bounce flash will give nice even light, and using a diffuser will also help. I have written a review comparing the two types of Gary Fong diffusers/Lambency copies here There are some example shots of the diffusers here and here.
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