When I took analogue photography, plenty of information was thrown at us. Composition, lighting, theory. However, a few things remained constant- ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, use of natural lighting, and image processing. This semester, our professor opened us up to flash, tungsten lighting, and the powerful use of the tripod.
The sheer volume of equipment was enough to make my head spin. We worked on group assignments to practice the use of diffusers, flash, tungsten lighting inside and outside of the classroom. Some students were well versed with the use of lighting, while others (ehh-hemm…me were struggling to use external pieces of photography equipment.)
I tried a little bit of practice at home after class, which helped me to learn to control the use of flash.
You can stop or blur motion to create something very cool, depending on your intended effect. For example, take a look at the image below. When our boys play, they play. I think blurring their moves really captures the essence of their level of play.
Then I noticed a classmate use tungsten lighting to create a controlled lighting environment that flash couldn’t provide. Her multiple-self photo assignment turned out fantastic! So I borrowed some tungsten lighting equipment and set out to explore how it could enhance my images.
I really liked how the lighting stayed constant as I moved the camera around the room. I even snuck in a quick self-portrait for the blog, which you can see on the main page, or this one in the About Tab section.:
After a month of practice, I learned a few lighting tips:
1. Don’t use your built-in flash, if possible.
I’m sure you’ve heard of this, but when your built-in flash is sitting right on top of your lens, it doesn’t create the most flattering light on your subject.
2. Tungsten lighting is good for indoor spaces.
Most of the time when you’re indoors, the light bulbs in your house give off a yellow tint. Tungsten lighting similarly matches that yellow hue, so it’ll help add more light, especially in darker spaces in your home.
3. Flash lighting is good for outdoor spaces.
External flash lighting gives off a white hue. And when used in conjunction with natural lighting or in shaded outdoor spaces, you can see your subject(s) better.
Halloween is over, but here’s what a little flash photography can do. It can capture a hilarious image at the perfect moment. Check it out!
From my hometown to yours,