rules of lighting

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  1. LynziMarie

    LynziMarie TPF Noob!

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    there is always talk of the "rules of lighting"
    I am very new to photography and in one of those situations where I THINK I might maybe know one or two of the rules...
    but I've never seen them actually written down, I've never actually seen a set of rules.

    I like to 'break the rules' and I like photography that does that... but you can't do that if you don't know what the rules are... right?

    I'm sure there are alot of other beginners that wonder this same thing...

    so Pros.. what exactly are the rules of lighting?
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    "rules of lighting"...:scratch: beats me.

    The are some 'rules' with lighting that are scientific facts / laws of physics.

    For example, the 'softness of light' is a result of the relative size of the light source and the distance from source to subject. The larger and the closer the light source, the softer the light will be.

    Light falls off at an inverse square of the distance. So if you have a certain amount of light on the subject at 10 feet, you will have half that amount of light at 14.14 feet. (I think that's right).
     
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    LynziMarie TPF Noob!

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    not that ya silly!!! :p

    I mean what exactly do people mean as far as that phrase when they're talking about photography

    you just confused me. haha
     
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    Hmmm, I don't know of any "rules of lighting", Rule of thirds perhaps, it's the only one I take any notice of really :mrgreen:
     
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    LynziMarie TPF Noob!

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    okie dokie!!!

    that's another one that I kind of think I maybe might know a little bit of... haha
    what does that exactly deal with... exactly? hahaha

    it's hot. I'm slightly disoriented. :D
     
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    Lighting...only thing that comes to mind for me is the golden hours...

    Just before and after: sunset and sunrise.
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    same for me - 1 hour before and after sunset or sunrise for the "best light"
    during those hours the light is softer and less harsh and a little less likely to cause blowouts (overexposed points).

    The only other lighting tips I have are:

    when shooting underexpose by 1 stop (-1) when in the brighter parts of the day under the sun as this helps to preserve the whites and prevent overexposed shots. You can brighten up a darker shot, but you can't dim a blowout and expect to get the detail back.
    For getting this is aperture or shutter priority modes use exposure compensation set to -1. With full manual mode just line of the metre to underexpose by one.

    After that always try to get the light behind you and thus shining onto the surface that you are photographing (if you can't then consider using flash to fill in the light - a diffuser (or some toilet paper rolled up a little and held in front of the flash) helps with this and prevent the light looking as harsh or directed
     
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    LynziMarie TPF Noob!

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    thanks!!
     
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    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The first rule of light club is you don't talk about light club.

    The second rule of light club is...
     
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    LynziMarie TPF Noob!

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    lol :lol:
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The second rule of light club is there is no photo without light club.
     

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