Photography Basics for Modeling
LightingThe main thing you’ll need to concern yourself with, is that there are different temperatures of light from different sources. Various types of illumination will change the apparent overall colour of the light used to make the exposure. There are three types of light, daylight, incandescent/tungsten and fluorescent lights. Try to minimize your lighting to one of these, to better allow your camera to figure out the white balance. Most cameras will have a white balance feature that allows the user to change the settings based on the lighting present. Leaving the setting on “Auto” will allow the camera to accurately read the type of light present, and compensate accordingly.
Types of light
Daylight,.. If you are shooting outdoors, try and avoid the harsh, contrasting direct sunlight, choose an overcast day as the light will be softened by the cloud cover and will limit the shadows cast upon your model. Early in the morning and early in the evening are ideal outdoor shooting times.
Incandescent/Tungsten,.. This kind of light is produced by a heated filament inside a vacuum glass bulb.
Fluorescent light is produced through an electro-chemical process in a tube full of gas. The type of light produced varies depending on the phosphor coating and the type of gas in the tube, which can produce widely varied illumination. Nor does it produce proportional amounts of all the colours of light in the spectrum. If you use fluorescent bulbs, make sure they are all the same.
When shooting your model, use of fill in light will be critical in reducing shadows and contrast.
A portable studio can be purchased relatively inexpensive. My set up of two adjustable lights and tripods cost me just under $150.
You can fashion a similar setup even cheaper if you buy the components individually. Another option for the DSLR users is the use of a master and slave flash setup, this allows the master flash to fire off a signal to the slave unit, firing both flashes simultaneously.
The slave unit can be positioned by hand to reduce the amount of shadow cast by the master flash.
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