Photography Tips Bending the Light STEP 01 Once you have selected the desired shoot location, place your shoot subject in line with the background and then meter for that background. (note: a light meter is often used to determine the proper exposure for a photograph) STEP 02 Once the background has been metered, introduce your Reflector to help bring in back lighting or side lighting to your subject. To achieve strong light, bring the Reflector closer or distance it for a softer hint of light, opting for the silver/gold side for more light saturations. Take a test shot to make sure you are happy with the Reflector position, note position then remove so as to test Flash in step 03 below. STEP 03 Next, bring out your Flash and set it in ETTL mode (note: this is usage of preflash to calculate the necessary flash power required before the shot is taken). Be sure to position the Flash directly opposite of the Reflector’s position. Take a test shot to make sure you are happy with the Flash position, then reintroduce Reflector into position. STEP 04 Incorporate both Flash and Reflector. Flash should be at least 1 ½-2 Stops brighter than the light coming in from the Reflector. With your subject and the props/ peripherals well placed, you are ready for your shot! AFRICANPHOTOMAGAZINE 16
Learning how to manipulate your light sources, be they natural or artificial is truly the climbing of Mt Everest for many a photographer. However, once mastered and used in combination, the resulting image comes to life! In this brief tutorial, we will take you through a walkthrough of how to achieve this in very simple steps. STEP 05 Finished shot with minor photoshop enhancements for lighting levels and colour saturations. Photographer: Teddy Mitchener Photographer Assistant: Simon Rwigi Local Perspectives. African Insights.
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