Lighting Workshop

Today, I practiced with lighting when taking a photograph. More specifically, this session got us thinking about how to balance both natural and artificial lighting when taking a photograph. I also re-jogged my memory on how to use a light metre.

One of the most important things to think about as a photographer is pre-visualisation. However, one of the most difficult things (for me) is taking a photograph that doesn’t look like the actual real life subject does to the naked eye. In other words, I mostly see a subject and capture it how I see it. This workshop taught me how to use a light meter to work with the lighting available in order to create something special and unseen by the naked eye.

As you can see in the slideshow below, there are some photos where outside looks dark, like nighttime, even though it was actually shot in the day. This was achieved by turning up the artificial light (on the right, out of shot) on the subject so that the light was more powerful (or bright) than the sunlight outside. We then took a reading with a light metre from the artificially lit side of the subject in order to correctly expose this side only. The result of this is that the subject is lit correctly, but because of the brightness of the artificial lighting, the view outside looks dark in comparison, thus making a photograph invisible to the naked eye. Job well done.

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