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Lighting

Color Temperature

Color temperature is an actual, measurable quantity. Yellow to red colors are called warmer colors but have lower actual temperatures than cooler colors. Cooler colors are colors like green, blue, and white. The color of the light in your photograph can affect the mood of the picture.

Types of Light

Different kinds of light capture different tones in photographs. There are even different tones created by natural light. In the morning, the light gives off a bluish hue. Later in the day, light is soft and very diffused. This brings out natural colors. Around noon time, the light is referred to as "hard light" and it creates shadows. Finally, around sunset is when the light is the most angled and flattering and gives off warm colors.

Angle of Light

The angle of the light source causes shadows and creates different moods. If you are shooting in a studio environment, you can move either the subject or the light source. If you are not, you can shoot objects at different times of the day.

Flash

Flash is a tool that is useful for filling in shadows or taking photos where there is a lack of natural light. There are lots of different kinds of flash that are useful for different subjects. Some of these will be explained on the equipment page.

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