Light creates shadows, and shadows in return, enhances the
appearance of the subject. The interaction of the two is
fascinating. Light can make the subject feisty or dull while
shadows can make it mysterious or terrifying.
Shadows add facet and meaning to an image. Without shadows
the object may appear plain and boring. Lights and shadows
establish the correlation of one object to another and their
place in the full scene. The position and strength of the
lights and shadows also set the general mood of the subject.
"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it.
But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth,
and you will know the key to photography".
-- George Eastman, one of the founders of Kodak
Some Lighting Facts You should know
How to Set White Balance
Advanced Lighting Tutorial
From the book "Lighting & Rendering"
Light - a detailed tutorial (in four parts)
Time Lapse Photography -- Over 20 years (note the lighting) (5+ min)
A Dutch filmmaker has updated one of the more compelling
uses of time-lapse photography techniques online. Frans
Hofmeester has filmed his daughter, Lotte, every week since
her birth in 1999 until a braces-wearing teenager.
How Mushroom Time-Lapses Are Filmed | WIRED (8+ min)
Photo Assignment - Master Exposure and Exposure Lock
Review this video (especially the second half):
Do this photo assignment after dark in a dark room. The only
light could be a:
1. Television set
2. Computer Screen
Make images that properly exposes the light source so we can
clearly see what is showing on the TV or Computer screen.
Keep the subject small in your image. This will force you to
underexpose so that your subject is not blown out, a skill
you should master.
This is exactly the skill you need when photographing the
Moon so that you can see the detail (Maria) on the Moon's
ON THE ART OF FIXING A SHADOW
Bullfinch Press.; First Edition edition (1989)
Secure the Shadow: Death and Photography in America
MIT Press (July 23, 1999)
Secure the Shadow uses a combination of cultural
anthropology and visual analysis to explore the photographic
representations of death in the United States from 1840 to
the present. It looks at the ways in which people have taken
and used photographs of deceased loved ones and their
funerals to mitigate the finality of death.