Taking photographs outdoors can be tricky when it comes to lighting. The sun may cause harsh shadows, or you may need to add dimension to the photograph due to a cloudy day. What are some things to keep in mind when working with LEDs outside? In this video, Abba Shapiro discusses what to keep in mind when working with LEDs outside.
- Shooting outside is always a challenge and…you're never gonna win when you're fighting the sun.…But there are some things you can do with LED lights…and the sun that can make your life a little bit easier.…So, the first thing is, never actually have the person…in the sunlight.…You won't even see the difference with the LED light…even if you put it like almost right up against their skin.…As a matter of fact, even your strobes…barely can fight the sun.…So work with it, not against the sun.…
So what I like to shoot outside,…and I do have to deal with bright light,…I try to put the person in the shade, in the shadows.…And then, maybe under a tree, maybe under an archway,…and then, my light can actually do something.…Can actually mold their features…and give me some nice shadows.…If I don't have that luxury,…instead of having them face the sun,…or instead of having them look in profile to the sun…and then I'm trying to fill in the shadow,…I actually put the sun behind them and…let things blow out a little bit.…And now, I can use my LED light to light them.…
In this course, photographer and educator Abba Shapiro details the why and how behind using LED panels and other continuous lighting sources for photography. He covers the pros and cons of shooting with continuous LED lights, reviews the different types of LED lights, explains how to tackle portraits and product photography with LEDs, and shows how to work with LEDs when you're outside.
- The pros and cons of LED lighting
- Reviewing key terms
- The types of LED lights
- Shaping and controlling LED lights
- Shooting portraits
- Shooting product photography
- Working with LEDs outside