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Photography is painting with light and the light you use determines how your subjects appear. Light is a complicated subject….here is what you need to know:

Light has: Colour, Direction, Quantity & Quality


So, a very quick but simple technical bit: Light has colour. You know that lovely light just before sunset (called golden hour, here’s an app) it’s a very different ‘colour temperature’ to normal day light or flash. That’s all you really need to know…

It’s controlled by your camera or phones white balance (WB) and auto is usually a good place to be unless you like a warmer look and then you can try out ‘sunny’ to warm up skin tones.

The direction of light changes as the sun moves across the sky

The amount of daylight changes with the hour, weather, season and latitude

The quality varies from flat light in cloudy conditions to hard light in bright sun especially from 11am to 2pm.


TIP: On sunny days, look around for pools of light in the shade and pop you friends in them for some really stunning photos


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3 comments to “4) SEE THE LIGHT:”

  • Max, April 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I love the series, but I do have a small criticism of this photo; the left shoulder and armpit of the model appears to have been processed to pop it from its background, which has given it a halo; as I said, this might be natural, but it does look a bit weird.

    • lightism, April 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Max. The image has little or no post production, but I do take your point. Si

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