Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing and replicating natural light, part of The Elements of Effective Photographs.
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I'm from Seattle, where we have consistent light year round:…three months of bright sunshine and nine months of flat gray.…It's a challenge to get the beautiful sunlight streaming through the window in…December, but with a little bit of light know-how, you can create that dazzling sunshine.…Put your main light outside the window, adjust your light, flash, or reflector to…fill the subject, and voila!…You have a sunny day.…Remember the photographs we took in the last movie of Margo near a sunlit window?…Look how they compare to photographs taken of her when using our artificial…sunlight setup, or maybe you want to recreate the natural light of a lamp.…
Most bulbs are pretty dim in our cameras.…You can increase your ISO, risking a little bit of noise, or replace the bulbs…with brighter ones for the duration of the shoot.…I often use a slaved flash in lamps.…I love this equipment.…It's a flash with a sensor that is triggered when another flash is set off.…I simply put it in the lamp, take an exposure reading, get my subject in position,…
The course explores compositional elements that guide a viewer's eye, including the rule of thirds; leading lines, patterns, and curves; and depth of field. Natalie then details the roles of color and light in a photo. She shows how to work with the natural light in a room or outdoor location, and how to enhance it using reflectors, newspapers, a T-shirt, or whatever might be handy. She also shows some simple indoor lighting setups that can replicate the look of natural light.
The course continues with a look at movement and how a photographer can convey a sense of motion by blurring part of the image or freezing a fast-moving subject. Next, Natalie explores the concepts of peak action and the decisive moment—those split seconds that capture the essence or emotion of a subject or scene. The course wraps up with a discussion of the roles of planning and research in creating effective photos.