Friday, April 27, 2012
Learn To Light People By First Lighting An Egg
I believe that light is the most important element in any photograph. Some of you, no doubt, are saying "duh," while others are thinking it's not as important as the camera or the lens, the subject or the moment. These other elements are obviously important, but I believe it's the light that we should all be most concerned about. After all, light is the reason for the "photo" in the word "photograph." So, the point is this: anything you can do to improve your understanding of lighting, and skill with utilizing the appropriate light to render your subject exactly as you want, will be a huge benefit in all of your photographs no matter what you shoot. To that end, I recommend you head over to DIYPhotography.net to check out this great little video by Joe Edelman, who uses a simple old egg to demonstrate the basics of great portrait lighting. It's super simple, but that also makes it super effective. Plus, it's neat to see how different lighting scenarios can have such a huge effect on the same subject—even if it's just a little old egg.