A painter knows his brushes and how they manipulate the paint on the canvas. Just as photographers must know light and how to manipulate it to create good photographs. Lighting is one of the biggest elements to creating amazing images. Good light can create emotional responses and emphasize objects. Lighting can be hard, diffused, semi-diffused, cold, warm, bright, subdued, etc. Depending on where the light is directed, it can immensely change the mood of an image.
As a model or photographer, observing how light reacts with you or your subject can help you know what you like or don’t like. Start observing the world around you. Look at people on a sunny day or in the shade. As a model, you might find that you look better on a sunny day or cloudy day. Look at people sitting near a window or further inside. You’ll start to see what light looks best on certain people. For instance, fitness models may look better with hard light (sunny day). This shows their features more by giving contrast to their muscles. Lifestyle models may find that diffused light looks better for them because it makes them look more welcoming or friendly. Explore what light would look best for your purposes.
There are many great resources out there to understand the quality of light and how to manipulate it to achieve your look. My favorite resource is Profoto’s youtube page. Here you can see amazing photographers manipulate light to create the mood they are going for. Check it out and start working with light today. Click HERE
Photo Credit: Dero Sanford at www.thinkdero.com