Photography lighting tips and tricks

Photography lighting is a crucial element to producing high quality pictures. Even if you have the most expensive and fancy camera money can buy, poor lighting will cause your photos to be disaster in no time. Below you will find photography lighting tips and tricks to help you get the maximum effect out of whatever type of camera equipment you possess.

One of the basic tips to know in photography lighting is the difference between indoor and outdoor lighting. It isn't just that one is indoors and one is outdoors. Lamp light, which is man made, and sunlight, which is natural light, are quite different and will give you a drastically different look to your photos.

One misconception people have about photography lighting is the need for a flash. If you are taking photos in sunlight, for one thing, you're not going to need a flash. Even on an overcast day the light from the sun is still stronger than anything you're going to be able to hook up in a studio or home, unless you have got some serious heavy duty photography lighting that is sure to set you back a pretty penny. For photos in sunlight, you are not going to need a flash at all. But remember this important photography lighting tip - be sure to have your back to the sun when taking photos in the sunlight. By doing this you will ensure that the sun's glare you are going to get off your lens will not destroy your photos. If you're photographing a moving subject, like a model, this is always within your control. But what do you do if the subject you want to photograph, say a building, is right in the line of fire with the sun directly in back of it? The answer is as simple as going to your local photography lighting store and purchasing filters for your camera that will filter enough of the sun out so that your photos don't look like one big sun spot. If you can't afford a filter, or you have a camera that can't be used with one, another technique that will work just fine is to shoot the object from an angle instead of head on.

What about lighting for indoor photos? Well, this is critical and unfortunately your indoor photos are only going to be as good as the lighting itself. With poor lighting your photos will turn out grainy, even with a high resolution digital camera and the colors will be washed out to the point where your photos almost look like they were taken in black and white.

So how much photographic lighting is enough? A photography tip to remember is it depends on how strong the lighting is and how close to it your subject is. You can get very good photos from a 100 watt simple living room lamp if your subject is standing right under it. But sometimes this isn't practical. The fact is your common ordinary house lights, even 150 watt, are not going to be strong enough to get good photos. Professional lighting will be needed. This is going to require you to shell out a few bucks, but it will be worth it. Also, as with photographing a subject outdoors, you want to make sure the light is shining on your subject from either the sides of the subject of from in front of the subject, which would require the lighting to be set up behind the photographer. Never have the lighting set up behind the subject, especially if it is very strong lighting. The glare will turn your photo into an indistinguishable mess. Of course lighting is much more complicated than this if you want to be a professional photographer, but these tips and tricks should at least give you the basics so that you can take some decent photos without having to get a major education in photography.
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