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Join photographer and The Whole Picture host Erin Manning as she demonstrates the essential techniques beginning photographers need to know to start working with studio lighting. Erin introduces the two types of artificial light (speedlights and studio strobes), shows how to assemble a continuous lighting setup, and then explains key concepts such as lighting ratios. She also offers tips for getting better results from an on-camera flash, and taking your photos to the next level with an external speedlight.
We've covered a lot in this course from constant light and flash, to creating different looks with lighting patterns and ratios, to modifying the light and working with live models. I'd also like to show you some of the images I've taken previously to help illustrate some of the concepts and techniques I showed you in the course. This image of Genina was taken with one constant light soft box set up in my living room, and you can see the set up with Genina sitting on a stool, one light off camera at the left, positioned at about a 45 degree angle and slightly above her eye line, with a short lighting pattern on her face.
You can see how the soft box really softens the edges of the shadows. And creates a nice catch light in her eyes. Now, here's my mom in a series of shots using different lighting ratios with constant light. And you can see where using a one to one lightning ratio really helps diminish any lines or imperfections. And that's where I have two lights at a 45 degree angle providing even light on both sides of her face. Now, here is a picture of my favorite teenager Jack, standing out on a cliff in the middle of the afternoon. Now if I'd taken a typical shot without flash, he would just be a silhouette like this.
But with flash, I was able to balance the exposure and pop him out of the background. So as you can see, there are a lot of tools and applications you can use for working with artificial light, and we've covered the basics in this course. Now it's time for you to take the next step and experiment, regardless of which lights you work with. Just grab your camera and get started. Remember, the best way to improve your photography is to practice.
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