Packed with stunning images from more than 40 of the world's most acclaimed wedding and portrait photographers, this book shows how to put together a lightweight, low-cost, and highly portable lighting kit that allows photographers to make quick work of creating perfect lighting in any location. Responding to a preference in the market for more natural, spontaneous-looking images, the guide explains how to achieve professional-quality lighting in parks, churches, schools, and other locations—all with lightweight, highly portable strobes, reflectors, scrims, and more.
Existing Light Techniques for Wedding and Portrait Photography Author: Bill Hurter Table of Contents Introduction 1. The Nature of Light What is Light? Photons The Behavior of Light The Intensity of Light The Sun and Light Intensity The Color of Light Reflected Light Values 2. Lighting Basics Two Primary Lights The Three-Dimensional Illusion Reflected Light Size of the Light Metering Lighting Ratios Scene Contrast High-Key Lighting Low-Key Lighting Focusing Acumen, Minimal Window Light, and Maximum Aperture 3. Portrait Lighting Fundamentals Broad and Short Lighting The Five Basic Portrait Lighting Setups The Key Light Follows the Sun Fuzzy Duenkel Pushes the Extreme Edge of Existing Light Fashion Lighting 4. Working With Existing Light Tools for Modifying Existing Light Window Light Room Light (and Other Man-Made Sources) Fuzzy Duenkel’s Garage Light Outdoor Lighting 5. Supplementing Existing Light Light Sources The Making of a Remarkable Wedding Photograph Focusing Umbrellas Adding Fill Light Flash Key Techniques Additional Lighting Tips Conclusion Glossary The Photographers Index Description Packed with stunning images from more than 40 of the world's most acclaimed wedding and portrait photographers, this book shows how to put together a lightweight, low-cost, and highly portable lighting kit that allows photographers to make quick work of creating perfect lighting in any location. Responding to a preference in the market for more natural, spontaneous-looking images, the guide explains how to achieve professional-quality lighting in parks, churches, schools, and other locations—all with lightweight, highly portable strobes, reflectors, scrims, and more. Excerpt Chapter One: The Nature of LightLight is the photographer's brush. It is how the subject is rendered in a physical sense, but more importantly, it is a significant tool in how character is imparted in a portrait. As Bruce Dorn says in his Exploring Light DVD, "Photography is about light. The way light wraps a moment, the way it paints an emotion. Light shapes our perception and defines our world. Light creates the shadows that hide what needs to be hidden. Light reveals. Light illuminates."This chapter is an introduction to light and its behavior. While it is not necessary to understand light like a physicist would understand it, knowing that light is energy and how that energy works is significant and useful when applying light photographically.What Is LightLight is energy that travels in waves. Waves are a form of energy that usually move through a medium, like air or water. For example, imagine the ripples in a swimming pool after someone has jumped in. Is it the water that is moving or something else? Actually, the water in the pool stays pretty much stationary. Instead, it is the energy—the wave—caused by the person jumping into the pool that is moving.Light waves are different than water waves, however, in that they don't require a medium through which to travel. In fact, light travels most efficiently in a vacuum; other elements, like air and water, actually slow light down. Light travels so fast in a vacuum (186,000 miles per second) that it is the fastest known phenomenon in the universe!Light waves consist of both electric and magnetic energy. Like all forms of electromagnetic energy, the size of a light wave is measured in wavelengths, the distance between two corresponding points on successive waves. The wavelengths of visible light range from 400–700 nanometers (one millionth of a millimeter). The visible spectrum is, however, only a tiny section of the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum, which also includes radio, microwaves, infrared, ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays—types of waves that are differentiated by their unique wavelengths. PhotonsWithout delving into a lengthy description of physics, it is sufficient to say that photons are the raw material of light. When we see visible light, we are witnessing countless numbers of photons moving through space as electromagnetic waves. Photons are produced by light sources and reflected off objects. On an atomic level, light works like this: an atom of material has electrons orbiting its nucleus. Different materials have different numbers of electrons orbiting their individual atoms.When atoms are excited or energized, usually by heat, for example, the orbiting electrons actually change to a different orbit and then gradually revert. This process emits photons, which are visible light having a specific wavelength or color. If there are enough photons and the frequency is within the visible spectrum, our eyes perceive the energy as light and we see. Any system that produces light, whether it's a household lamp or a firefly, does it by energizing atoms in some way. Author Bio Bill Hurter Bill Hurter is a former news photographer who covered numerous sporting events and political scenes, including the Watergate hearings. He is the editor of Rangefinder magazine and the author of more than a dozen instructional books for professional photographers, including The Best of Wedding Photography, Group Photography Handbook, and The Portrait Photographer's Guide to Posing. He lives in West Covina, California.
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