Using Studio Lighting Photography Techniques to Take Better Pictures

If you’re truly interested in taking fantastic pictures, you will want to learn more about studio lighting photography for crisper pictures. Light is the key to all great photographs, but in order to use light creatively one must be able to understand it. Light has three major qualities; the intensity of light, the placement of light and the color of light.

The first basic quality of light refers to the strength of light or intensity-the power in the light. For example, the sun can be harsh when it’s high in the sky, so the light can cause glare. But in the early morning or early evening, the sun’s strength or intensity will lessen. A cloudy day will bring soft and defused light.

The second quality is placement of light, or direction. The direction of light would be categorized as front, back and side lighting. This refers to the direction in which the light is coming from. Improper light placement can cause dark shadows.

And the third quality is color of light. The sunlight in the morning or the beginning of the day will be warmer and lend to a more dramatic scene. The same is true for sunlight in the evening. The color of light can cause your pictures to be warm or cooler.

Time of day will also be a factor that affects all three qualities of light. Early morning light will cause your images to have red hues. As the day progresses these red hues turn yellow and the long shadows of the morning begin to disappear. Then when the sun begins to set, your pictures will take on the dramatic colors of the morning once again.

As the light changes, so does the mood. Of course, another factor is the time of year. Summer light is going to be a lot stronger and more harsh than light in autumn. Spring light will give a clearer, crisper picture, while winter light, depending on the time of day, may be as strong as the summer light.

Although you may not have as much control over the lighting-because it depends on the time of day-you will have more control over the direction of the light on your subject by positioning yourself and your camera. Your light can come from behind you and straight onto your subject, or you can cause the light to come beside your subject, causing long, dramatic shadows.

Experiment outside with your lighting. Go out at different times of the day and take photographs noting the different effects the intensity of your light, the direction of your light, and the color of the light has on your images. Then take this knowledge into your studio to capture beautiful still life images or portraits. In your studio you have complete control over all the significant elements. Using a white background will accentuate the color. Other factors to consider are settings of your aperture, shutter speed, your background and your flash. Learning to control the light in your studio will give you the images you desire to create.