Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding lighting positions, part of Lighting for Photographers: Portraiture.
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We naturally know a lot about lighting already. …Think about the last time you were outside enjoying a sunny day. You probably appreciated …the sun on your face. …The sun was the main or key light. …It created a pattern of highlights and shadows on your face. …Now you've moved to a white concrete driveway. The sun is still the key light, but there's …lighter reflecting off the concrete and filling in the shadows, that's fill light. …Let's bring it inside. It's a stormy November day in Seattle and you want to read a book, …so you switch on the reading lamp. That lamp is now the key light, because it's the brightest …light in the room.…
If you pull your book closer to your face, it reflects some of that light to show the shadows. …In both of these scenarios there are two light sources. …In almost every lighting setup there is a main or key light that reveals the form and shape. …In both of our examples, light was bounced back into the subject by reflector, but you …can also use lights to add fill. The rest of the lights you use are named for what they …
Next, Natalie details a variety of common one-light and two-light lighting techniques, explaining exposure, metering considerations, and light modifiers along the way.
The course concludes with several lighting tips, including minimizing physical challenges and do-it-yourself lighting gear instructions.
- Understanding lighting positions
- Deconstructing photos to study lighting
- Lighting a portrait for a Rembrandt pattern
- Backlighting in portraits
- Examining a four-light portrait scenario
- Lighting for different skin tones