Hey Buddy, You Need A Light?
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
Practice, practice, practice…and don’t stop asking questions…and then, more practice. It’s true for lighting. The more you do it, the more you experiment, the more you commit to memory and, especially, muscle memory, he better and more quickly you’ll be able to work to get the results you want.
We encourage you to use Valley Photo Center as a resource, but there are so many others.
- YouTube – so many videos, so easy to find. Check out School of Visual Arts there, for example.
- Google it – or use whatever search engine you prefer.
- B&H Photo has some nice tutorials on their Explora site. This one has some basic lighting setups. Here, Explora provides a nice rundown of electronic flash tech.
- DIY Cheat Sheet – a terrific cheat sheet of lighting designs used in portraiture. Pay attention to the important qualities of light.
- Many photographers share their knowledge online. Joe McNalley has done a lot with flash photography. Check him out.
- Local Photographers – find a friend who is willing to share.
- Camera Stores – many of these stores employ photographers who are experienced. Of course, they’ll try to sell you their goods, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
- Organizations conduct training that can be a day, a weekend, or more. Check out the New England Institude Of Professional Photography, or NEIPP.
Go To A Museum
Artists throughout the ages have mastered the use of light and it’s easy to look at their work and figure out what tricks they employed. Of course, as artists, they can make up their own light source illusions. But, we can emulate their styles. Rembrandt’s lighting was so inspiring that studio photographers set up lights to create his cheekbone light triangle by carefully placing the main light. When you see it, you’ll just know.