Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Part 4 - Light

"Lighting is the language of photography." "Light, Science and Magic - An Introduction to Photographic Lighting" by Hunter, Biver and Fuqua.

Introduction to Part 4 - Light

One of the texts that is required reading for this course is "Light, Science and Magic - An Introduction to Photographic Lighting" by Hunter, Biver and Fuqua.

The initial chapter of the book discusses the three basic principles of the behaviour of light that never change and once learnt are the tools that can be adapted to realise your own creative style. My understanding of these are that:
  1. The most important decision or consideration is the effective size of the light source as this has an effect on the shadows produced.
  2. There are three types of reflection.
  3. The angle that the light strikes a surface has a direct bearing on the type of reflection produced.
Like everything else in photography learning to use the tools correctly is what allows us to become better photographers.

Learning to use these tools creatively is what allows us to become good photographers.

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