Controlling Light

'Without light there would be no photography.' Such a statement seems almost so simple and obvious that voicing it sounds ridiculous, but sometimes we need to be reminded just how crucial light is to the creation of our images. When first picking up a camera we grow to understand that the quantity of light in our scenes has direct consequences on factors such as the selection of shutter speeds and apertures, but it is only further on in our photographic education that we discover that light also plays another role in the image-making process. It is a role of description. Just as the sculptor carves at the block of stone to reveal texture, volume and form in his or her creation, the creative photographer manipulates the light in his or her work to reveal the same characteristics in their subjects. Taking lighting to this next step means that you not only become concerned with the amount of light in the scene but also with more descriptive characteristics such as its quality and direction. In this section we look at practical ways to light portraits and products and then see how we can apply these techniques outdoors, with flash and in the studio.

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