Tag: Light

Photography

How to Soften the Light When Using Flash

Why do flash images look harsh? Recently, a number of dPS readers have asked the question on Facebook, “How do I use a flash and not have my images look so harsh?”. Let us first understand the difference in using natural or ambient light and using a flash. With natural light you have little control […]

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A Basic Look at the Basics of Exposure

I spend a lot of time these days teaching photography. It’s great watching people’s faces light up when they finally grasp a concept. One of the toughest and most important of those concepts is the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO in making an exposure. Those three are closely connected, and that connection is […]

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6 Quick Tips for Doing Summer Photography

For many of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it is finally here – sunshine – the time of year most synonymous with new beginnings, transition and growth all thanks to the powerful rays of the sun. After months of dark dreary weather and perhaps a mood that matches staying indoors, we are finally ready to […]

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Understanding Light for Better Portrait Photography

A solid understanding of light can make you stand out from an average photographer. In fact, in portrait photography, light is even more important than the subject and location. This is because without the proper use of light, you can ruin the shot, even with the best looking subject, at the most awesome location in […]

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3 Creative Ingredients for Every Photo You Take

We all look at our photos at times and think, “these just aren’t that great.” New photographers who aren’t sure what to do feel this way all the time. But so do seasoned photographers. Sometimes, looking at the most basic elements of your photo can help you a lot. I have a mental checklist that […]

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Understanding Natural Light Part 1: Quality of Light

Light has different qualities, and by understanding those differences and using them in your favor, you can become a better image maker. From my point of view, the best place to start improving your ability to work with light is by learning its most basic form, which is natural light. Therefore, this article is the […]