Lighting Tricks in Photography

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Lighting tricks in photography can include shining a light behind the model to create a silhouette, bouncing light onto the model for a softer effect or placing the light underneath the model's face for a dramatic mood. Experiment with different lighting situations for a great photograph with information from a professional art and commercial photographer in this free video on photography.

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Hi, I'm Rebecca Guenther with www.m5a1photography.com and I'm going to talk to you about some simple lighting tricks in photography. When it comes to lighting, you can do pretty much anything you want and you'll learn through experimentation that different placing of lights is going to lead to different results. First, for example, you could put a light behind your model to create a silhouette around them. If you do that by itself you can make it so that they are just completely black and then just the light frames them. Or, you have the light behind them and then also a light or a bounce in front of them, so that, you know, they can be lit up to any degree, as well as having the light coming from behind them which will make them stand out from the background. You can also try putting the light underneath the subject's face. That will give the spooky movie appearance, which can be fun if you want to sort of play with it and, you know, see what is possible. There is also, you know, you can simulate lighting from a window by taking a light and putting something thin over it like a window or like a sheet, a white sheet, or perhaps a shower curtain and that will make the light a little bit softer and look a little bit more like it's coming through a window. And those are just a few quick lighting tricks.

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