Lighting 102: Angles

Lighting 102: Angles, originally uploaded by timothylarson.
Welcome to the first day in April! Not only does that mean that it is April Fool's Day, but, since it's a new month, it also means that it is the day where I move on to learning more about a new area of interest... I can't really say that this month is going to be terribly different from last month, as both are going to be mostly about photography, but in March I was working on photography in general. April, however, I'm going to be working more on lighting. The lighting that I'm going to be looking at is mostly going to be off-camera lighting for photography, but I may throw one or two other lighting related things in just to make things fun... more on that later. Oh, and to be forewarned, a couple of posts ago I told you what I was going to be doing this month, but from here on out, I think I'm going keep the next months topic under wraps until the first of the month actually comes. Now, on to lighting! I found a great blog about lighting for photos a couple of weeks ago http://strobist.blogspot.com. As part of learning more about photography, I read though their "Lighting 101" section, which was a "lighting basics" set of blog entries. I thought this "course" was pretty good, but lacked a little something. For this month, in order to start my journey into lighting, I'm going to be doing their "Lighting 102" section, which looks a lot better and more hands on than the 101 "course." One thing that I like about this Lighting 102 "course" is that it gives assignments to put what the author is talking about into practice. There are 7 concepts that the "course" will go through and they look to be pretty good. 1. Varying the Position 2. Varying the Apparent Size of the Light Source 3. Altering the Relative Intensity 4. Restricting Light 5. Refraction and Reflection 6. Altering the Color 7. Time So, today was day number one of my "strobist" lighting 102 course, and I have worked my way through the first few pages to the first short exercise. Basically, this exercise was to get me thinking of how the angle of my light source affects my subject, in this case, Sprinkles. In the photo above, you can see that as I moved the light around Sprinkles there were many different effects created. The center photo is very flat, because the light source is very close to the camera lens. As I moved the light to the side, you could see some depth come into Sprinkles, then as the light moved behind shim, a more dramatic effect was created. This was a very simple exercise, and I can't say that there were any mind-blowing results, but I'm willing to start at the beginning, and look forward to see what comes as I work my way through this!pixelstats trackingpixel