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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Using Light In Photography

Flash off roof
This week I have practiced many different styles and types of light the help prepare for my trip. One thing I played around with a bunch was my flash. The ability to make the best of the available light is important but a flash provides a way to add your own light where it will be helpful. I recently got the cord for my flash working so now I can point my flash wherever I want to. This has allowed for much creativity especially with indoor shots because I can bounce it off walls, floors or my favorite laps. I have been taking some really neat portraits bouncing the flash of of their lap. These two photos of Alejandro are an example of what it looked like leaving the flash on the camera and bouncing it off the roof compared to bouncing it off his lap. The one from the roof has dark shadows under his eyes but the one off the lap has a kind of eery glow.
Flash off lap
Little Shadow but high saturation
Sun behind me
I also Practiced with different directions of light the two pictures below were made with the sun behind me and off to my left respectively. As you can see in the one with the light from the side there is a lot more depth and you can tell how far the tree in the background is away whereas in the other picture it is very flat and hard to know if the tree is right infront of the house or a ways away. This is a very powerful tool that I can use to add depth to my photographs. Also on the small scale the shadows can add detail. However on the macro scale having it all in shadow can help the picture be much more saturated.

Sun 90ยบ to my left

Shadow adding detail
Thank You for reading and sorry about the layout organization I am having trouble getting the blogger editor to put the photos where I want them.

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Help Support My Photography

To purchase prints of my work please visit my site linked above,www.colorlightphotography.com, or email me at colbyabazs@colorlightphotography.com All proceeds go directly to this photography trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.