Holding a camera does not make you a photographer. It requires a great deal of professional expertise. Photography apparently seems an art that requires the click of the camera only, but it much more than that. From holding the camera to pushing the button everything requires the skill. The photography does not need you to be a professional; you can get the praise by capturing the sights even when you are an amateur. This status can be achieved only when you learn and practice the photography techniques. Being the beginner is not something easy; you have to keep growing even if photography is just your hobby. One of the photography techniques that can really matter a lot in the photography is the lighting and in lighting adjusting the outdoors is a very technical thing.
Outdoor lighting, a game of creativity:
The quality of the light has direct implications upon the skill of the photographer. Being the creator of the pics the photographer has to keep a close check on the quality and intensity of the light. The color, quality, direction and the quantity of light is something that determines the nature of the image that will appear in its final shape. It is easy to control the lighting conditions in the studio but the work becomes really tough when it comes to the outdoors. The major source of light outside is the sun and due to the weather conditions and the environmental situation, this light is not in the hands of the photographer. Thus, they cannot be considered as a consistent light source. This source keeps changing with the environmental factors and they change with every hour. The sunlight changes its quality and intensity especially during the closing hours of the day, storm, haze, location, etc. the light has direct implications on the apparent features of the body to be captured and also on the shadows. In this respect, it is highly recommended to learn about the features of the outdoor light that are essential to capture the click.
The strength and the direction of the sunlight determine the quality of the sunlight. The sunlight is either strong or it is soft. The strong sunlight is considered as the hard one and is characterized by its dark and well-shaped shadow and a strong form of modeling. The summer noon has this strong sunlight. In the presence of this strong sunlight, the colors become more brilliant if they are strong, and look paler when they are weak. Once the sunlight becomes diffused or reflected due to the adverse conditions like fog, mist, haze etc then the shadows created because of this is soft with dull highlights. Such light is regarded as flat lighting due to the fine details t adds to the images. The aftermath of the weak and direction less sunlight is the colors that are vibrant and well-saturated.
Some important features to be considered while studying the outdoor light are as follows:
- The early maxim of keeping the lights at your back is one of the opening principals of outdoor lights. The light coming in this form when the sun is actually at the back of the photographer is referred as the front lighting. This is one of the first photographic suggestions that the beginners get. Most of the people consider it as the major ingredient of the photography but the truth is far away from this. This front light or the over-the-shoulder light results in the flat effects and does not add impression or depth to the image. Unlike the human eye which can capture the image in a three-dimensional way, the camera is doing the task in a two-dimensional way. Hence, for the light, it is easy to manage the poor light.
- In the outdoors, the photographs can get a great appearance with extraordinary visual effects with the angular changes. If we change the angle of the light falling on the subject we can experience great effects. If the pictures are clicked by changing the viewpoint of the camera, or by waiting for the changing movements of the sun the pictures become really different. Even if the same subject is clicked with different angles, the result is, of course, different. This angular lighting is called side lighting technique. This technique is highly recommended for the black and white photographs. These angles look great when the picture is added with textures and shadows. These shadows are usually sharp.
- The third technique to explore is that of the Back-lighting, which means the light in the front of the photographer. It is called the back-lighting because the subject is back-lit in this case. It is preferred technique for the outdoors as compared to the front or the side lighting. In this case, the subject does not face the problem of lack of comfort or squinted eyes. Sometimes the photographers prefer using the reflectors that can brighten up the areas with dark shadows. It is also great when the photographer wants to have the silhouette impact. The only thing to prevent in this case is the lens flare which can be done with the help of a lens hood.
- Existing light photography technique makes use of the light that is naturally happening. This light is available on the spot. Such lights are available both indoor and outdoor. In the outdoors, the light exists in the shape of sun, moon, twilight etc. It depends on how the photographers make the best use of the available light. This type of lights supports many photographs which cannot be taken with any other type. Many photographers don’t want to use the flashlight in this kind of light exposure. In order to capture the pictures with the natural light, the camera must have a fast lens with a speed of 2.8. The shutter is also adjusted to a B or a T.
From the cutest smile to the gigantic mountains anything can be a part of your photo album, provided that you follow the photography techniques, essential for high quality.