Lighting Your Subject

Lighting is one of the most important elements to consider when taking photos. When we think of lighting in regards to photography, the first thing that comes to mind are all those photos that we've taken in the past that are either overexposed (too dark) or underexposed (too light). With lighting you have to not only consider whether there isn't enough or there's too much, but also consider these factors:

i The direction of the light i The intensity of the light i The color of the light i Whether you're shooting in natural light (outdoors) or artificial light (indoors)

i How to use lighting creatively to lead the eye and create a certain mood

A lot of these factors are interrelated. I bet you never thought that light could be so darn complex. Well, don't go anywhere because it's all broken down concisely below.

If the light isn't right for your shot, you have quite a few choices — hurry up and wait, move yourself, move the subject, add more light with a flash, or diffuse light. Of course, which you choose depends on the circumstances around the shot and what's convenient or most productive. Here are a few tips to remember about light:

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