Friday, April 8, 2011

The Three Most Important Lighting Concepts

Here are the three most important concepts when it comes to lighting.

1) The closer the light, the softer the light. Above: now that's close. (Photo taken in the Westcott booth at Photoshop World).

2) The larger the light, the softer the light. Above: now that's soft. (Photo taken in the Westcott booth at Photoshop World).

3) Light illuminates, shadows define. Above: now that's definition. (Photo taken in my office).

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. I am considering starting a lighting podcast. If you like the idea, or have a suggested topic, please let me know in the Comments here on my blog.

24 comments:

Dave( aka Lensflaredave) said...

I love your other two podcasts so one solely about lighting sounds like a grey idea too ( dunno how you'll manage to fit it all in!). Something that ranged from using a simple speedlight to a big studio setup would be a real bonus for me.

Roy Booth said...

YES PLEASE RICK ! Your lighting tips are great, a podcast would be an excellent idea. Already have your ipad app.

Roy

Ron said...

Yes!

I would love to see a lighting podcast. Understanding how to light and understanding how to look at a photograph and decode what lighting was used are core skills that are not addressed often enough.

I've heard enough about the latest body or lens or the rule of thirds. Let's talk about light.

As the authors say in my favorite book about lighting, "Light Science & Magic," "Lighting is the language of photography."

Roy Booth said...

I agree with Dave, the complete range from speedlight to studio sounds great. Getting started with a studio setup would be a good starting point.

Robert Nixon said...

I love the idea of a lighting podcast. Most of my photography has been "natural" light but I have been getting into lights and a podcast about lighting would rock.

I love you DPE podcast too btw.

Kate Blaisdell said...

I'd love advice on photographing fiber sculptures or lighting for still life in the studio. Not for selling products, but to illustrate concepts, so creating mood and story with composition and lighting is essential.

Jerry said...

Yes please as this is one area I am currently experimanting with on different lighting and the final look with just off camera flashes. Can't afford the big studio stuff just yet.

Anonymous said...

Studio lighting and light meter usage would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Seneschal said...

My favorite lighting technique is to build a rapport with the subject. :)

Thomas said...

Lighting would be great. Don't know how I'll listen to all the podcasts I subscribe to. I'm already a month behind and losing ground. Too many good ones.

Jeff Kane said...

Rick - great post, thanks.

For the podcast - great idea as lighting seems to stimulate a lot of discussion.

If you are taking ideas one thing I would love to see are "lighting scenarios" for teams (indoor, out); children, grand-folks, etc. Maybe with specific "how close is close" type thoughts.

Everyone suggests we all spend time practicing - and I get that, but some of our realities may be that we don't have huge amounts of time to practice, get called on to make a "great photo" in terrible locations and need our "standard bag of tricks" to get a good shot- and if time, ways to make a great shot.

In any event - love the blog. When are you going to have Lexas discount codes?

Yours,

Jeff

Kristian said...

I want to tell you that if you start a lighting podcast, I'll be listening to every one, several times! And, if you fulfill my dream and create a videopodcast, I'll see them all until I know them by heart!

Dave said...

Hi Rick, great idea. I'd love some more advice on using speedlights for portraits outside, and controlling/mixing the ambient in different situations.

Xay B. said...

Thanks for this. You put it out pretty straightforward which is always a help

Brad Lentz Photography said...

Ya a lighting podcast would be great! It is always something that changes and more knowledge in the area would be beneficial for anyone!

Garen T said...

I would LOVE a lighting podcast! I think it's the thing mist photographers dint understand fully, and need help with! Can't wait Rick!

raminka said...

Ohh please Rick, I like your teaching style.....Please..!!

Cass said...

Yes Please do!!! I love your tips! I have your ipad app and subscribe to your podcast! I made the coolest image of my two doberman's using your rim lighting technique! I want to do your Mexico trip soooooooooo bad! Beautiful colors! You Rock!

David said...

I would absolutely love a lighting podcast.

David said...

I would absolutely love a lighting podcast.

Daniel said...

A lighting podcast would be right up my alley! Please do!

I would like to see lighting techniques for the dramatic portraits as well as adding shadows/subtracting light..

Anonymous said...

it would be very useful to a beginner (ie someone like me) if you explain how to use the options on the speedlight and how it affects the situation as nearly all guides are to vague

Anonymous said...

A lighting podcast would be great. Please do it Rick!!

Kevin Foster said...

Newbies and Strobies!!!