Lighting Ratios - a primer

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  1. e_

    e_ TPF Noob!

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    ...Peter Adison, a beginner in studio photography and new member at The Photo Forum, requested advice on learning "studio lighting secrets":

    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=452

    I suggested he study "lighting ratios" and Peter asks for a short way to learn this

    My response is posted here (in a new thread) to assist visitors using the Site's "Search" function
     

    LIGHTING RATIOS:

    Although this "studio" topic relates to the most basic of photography's principals, exposure and use of the f-stop, it can be a difficult subject to grasp -- but well worth the effort. Everything learnt from it is directly applicable when shooting outdoors


    For those interested in learning about the subject, here are some good places to start:

     
    1. A simple overview & summary of lighting ratios:

    http://www.vividlight.com/articles/1916.htm


    2. An excellent introduction to lighting & lighting ratios (recommended):

    http://www.bobshell.com/cgi/bobstalk.pl


    3. Free On-line course:

    Note ~ although these articles relate to video & cinema-photography, the lighting principals are identical for conventional photography & studio lighting

    * Hard & Soft Lighting:
    http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp027.htm

    * Colour Temperature Issues:
    http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp028.htm

    * Controlling Intensity:
    http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp029.htm

    * Lighting Instruments:
    http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp030.htm

    * The Key Light:
    http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp031.htm

    * Fill, Back & Background Lights:
    http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp032.htm

    * Lighting Ratios:
    http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp033.htm

    * Special Lighting Situations:
    http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp034.htm

    * Altering Appearances:
    http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp035.htm

    * Lighting, some final Issues:
    http://www.cybercollege.com/tvp036.htm

     
    Enjoy!

    :)

    e_
     
  2. metroshane

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    Wow, thanks. Now I've got some good reading for today.
     
  3. MDowdey

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    thanks E!!




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  4. voodoocat

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    Great post! Lots of wonderful information for anyone in photography.

    Before I got into photography, I was into 3D modelling and rendering. I learned a LOT about lighting and lighting ratios. But it's mostly in concept because I don't know the specifics of real life lighting ratios. That's where your post becomes very valuable to me. Thanks!
     
  5. peter adison

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    Dear e_ ,

    Thank you for help with these great informations that I couldn`t find by alone.
    Cybercollege.com - designed fo television students is a great site even for photographers.
    If you know good sites like this, please don`t hesitate to tell us.

    Best wishes,

    Adison.
     

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