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Photography - Taming The High-Contrast Lighting


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During any photography sessions, we always hope for good weather and lighting. When the sky is dark and gloomy, we pray for just a little light in hope of taking a decent picture. We are almost always delighted when we have a clear daylight with lots of sunshine when we take out our camera. After happily taking the shots we wanted, we realized that why on earth our images look so dark against the beautiful scenery. We can hardly see the faces in the photo. Well, the problem here is contrast. Even if you try to set your DSLD at the lowest contract setting, you still cannot get the details in both the bright light and shadowed areas. Below are two suggested techniques you can try to solve this problem.

Method one is to use a Scrim. What are Scrims? Scrims are panels, which comes with various sizes with a piece of fabric mounted. Some of these panels are collapsible. The fabric can be reflective, translucent, or transparent and can act as reflectors, diffusers or neutral-density filters. Since these scrims are usually light in weight, they can be carried by an assistant or clamped onto a stand.

Due to its light weight, during windy situation, the scrims might flap. How to use a scrim? When you are taking portrait against a bright light backdrop, ask an assistant to hold the scrim at the back of the person, this will ensure that some of the bright light will be filtered off. If you do not know what a Scrim is, please click here .

Method two is to use your on-camera flash. When I started photography, I always set my flash to auto. And the truth is, the auto-flash never come into action during day light photography session. This is because there are enough light going into the camera. Later on, I was told to manually turn on the flash. I was totally stunt on hearing such advice. Flash light during bright day light? I took a bold step and try it and it work. The flash is necessary to brighten up the area on the face so that you can see the face clearly. With digital camera, you can try this method repeatedly and see the effect.

With the two suggested methods, taming the high-contrast lighting should not be a problem. For the first method, you will need some investment while the second method is free. With digital camera, you can start to do your experimentation. For more information, please visit Freelance Photography.

John Peace enjoys photography and maintained a website providing information on photography. He invites you to visit his website, Freelance Photography to learn more about this exciting hobby. You can even make a living out of it at home! Believe it or not.


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