We are in the midst of a true Renaissance in professional photography

With increases in write-speed, buffer size, and the capacity of storage cards, photographers have also found shooting RAW files to be a practical option. Since virtually every aspect of image quality can be controlled from within the RAW file processor, it's easier than ever to perfect each shot. For those images that require a little more finessing, Lighting Effects (a miniature application within Photoshop) enables photographers to manipulate the light pattern and quality in an image or even...

The Photographers

Jennifer Baciocco is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography and shoots weddings and portraits in Northern California. Visit her website at www.jenniferbaciocco.com. Fernando Basurto (APM, AOPA). Fernando is a wedding photographer who does business in historical uptown Whittier area of Southern California. Specializing in wedding photojournalism Fernando has created some of the most powerful and passionate wedding images of today. His work can be seen at...

Straightforward and efficient

Using hot lights, however, does require some care and safety. A 1K light to adjust your lighting. draws 1000 watts of power from any circuit into which it is plugged. A standard household circuit (20 Amp) provides 2000 watts of power at maximum capacity, which means with two 1K lights you will be using the maximum amount of power available on that circuit. If there is any other electrical device running on that circuit (anywhere in the building), you will trip the circuit breaker and lose...

Broad and Short Lighting

Monika Kubickova

There are two basic types of portrait lighting broad lighting and short lighting. Broad lighting means that the key light is illuminating the side of the face turned toward the camera the side of the face that is widest from the camera's perspective . Broad lighting is used less frequently than short lighting because it tends to flatten out and de-emphasize facial contours, minimizing form. It can, however, be used to widen a thin or long face. Broad lighting places three-quarters of the face...

While the human eye perceives most light as white few light sources are actually neutral

Infrared film is sensitive to both the visible spectrum and the infrared spectrum. By nature, it is highly unpredictable in the color it produces and the exposure time needed to produce an adequate exposure. Reed Young made this shot with a yellow 15 filter over the lens and the ISO set to 320. He shot this image on a cloudy day, which he finds to be the best light for color infrared film. Infrared film is sensitive to both the visible spectrum and the infrared spectrum. By nature, it is highly...

Moving from air to glass to a denser medium causes light to slow down

A dog's coat, especially a dog like this with a lot of wrinkles, absorbs most of the light that strikes it. The only area of the dog's face that efficiently reflects light is his eyes. The general rule of thumb with light-absorbing subjects is to give more exposure to the image if you want to record adequate detail in those areas. Photograph by Kersti Malvre. is why these diffusion-lighting devices are always less intense than raw, un-diffused light. Some of the energy of the light waves is...

In traditional portraiture there are five basic lighting patterns that are used repeatedly

These diagrams show the five basic portrait lighting setups. The fundamental difference between them is the placement of the key light. Lighting patterns change as the key light is moved from close to and high above the subject to the side of the subject and lower. The key light should not be positioned below eye level, as lighting from beneath does not occur in nature. You will notice that when the key and fill lights are on the same side of the camera, a reflector is used on the opposite side...

Lighting Basics

Mauricio Donelli

The human face is sculpted and round it is the job of the portrait, fashion, or editorial photographer to reveal these contours. This is done primarily with highlights and shadows. Highlights are areas that are illuminated by a light source shadows are areas that are not. The interplay of highlight and shadow creates the illusion of roundness and shows form. Just as a sculptor models the clay to create the illusion of depth, so light models the shape of the face to give it depth and dimension....