Tuesday, April 7, 2009
How to handle tricky lighting situations in the field
6 When deep in the woods, the larger trees will naturally block out most of the sun’s light. Try to frame the shot with the sun seen off in the distance so the viewer’s eye may be drawn toward it. It’s natural to have the darker trees in the foreground and the brighter objects more toward the back of your images.
7 A circular polarizer cuts through the natural haze in the sky and darkens the blue, better reflecting the color of the ocean. Here, because the sky is the dominant image, underexposing by a half stop brings out more detail in the flotsam and rocks on the beach.
None of the images seen here has been manipulated in Adobe Photoshop, with the exception of some sharpening. Nuances may be brought to light using this software, but if you take the time to properly expose (average between the lights and the darks), choose the proper lens for the situation (a wide-angle allows for greater depth of field and a telephoto more narrow), frame accordingly (vertical versus horizontal) and wait for the right moment, you’ll create a lasting memory.
Professor Chuck Gloman is an avid photographer and the program director of the TV/Film Department at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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