Lighting on the Outdoor Photography Based on Sunlight Direction


Photography is the art and science of fixing light the and shadow. When we firstly learn photography, we try to comprehend the technical camera handling, learn how to focus the objects, and to adjust the aperture, the speed and light meter. Then we’ll come to the very basic technique of photography by its own definition : the lighting. In the previous post, I’ve given you the lighting compass which was describing how the light comes to the object. Now I try to present you some examples of the lighting direction in the outdoor photography which the light is from the sunbeam.

Front Lighting

The sunbeam comes from in front of the object and light the front feature of the object.

 

Side Lighting

The sunbeam comes from the right or left side of the object and light one-sided feature of the object while the other side is darkened by the shadow.

 

Back Lighting

The sunbeam comes from the back of the object. There are two categories of back lighting :

  1. Regular back light : the front feature of the object, which is heading our camera,  still can be seen and captured while the back surroundings is over-exposure. To make this photograph is by focusing the lightmeter only on the object using spot-metering or using close-reading technique (by zooming-in or getting close our camera to the object, measure the lighting condition focused only on the feature, then we move back or zooming out and keeping the lightmeter set or use the AE lock then click the shutter-release button).

 

2. Sillhouette : we directly measure or do the lightmetering to the bright light/sunbeam in the back of the object.

 

Top/Overhead Lighting

The sunbeam comes from the top or the overhead side of the object. It usually happens when we take the photograph from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. where the sun is precisely on our head in vertical position. The main characteristic of the top lighting is the shadow that appears below the object while the bright side or the high-key in on the upper side of the object.

 

Hope this could help you mastering the basic of lighting. Enjoy exploring and just click!

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