Photography Tips and Techniques


  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 3. etc. 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 surface.

Book Recommendations Sarah Greenough ON THE ART OF FIXING A SHADOW Bullfinch Press.; First Edition edition (1989) ISBN-10: 0821217577 ISBN-13: 978-0821217573 Jay Ruby Secure the Shadow: Death and Photography in America MIT Press (July 23, 1999) ISBN-10: 0262681099 ISBN-13: 978-0262681094 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.