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Improving your photo skills – some general tips to follow to improve your technique in the area of light

Tip 676 (Learn to understand the light): Getting a better understanding of light is critical to improving your photography skills. Read about how to manipulate light, learn the trick of uniform lighting and when to use shadows, and try to picture the final scene, and you should be able to get some good shots.

Tip 677 (Importance of shadows): Shadows can do a great deal in terms of improving a photo, especially when you are taking portraits (think of those film noir movies where you get some great shots of people with a play of light and shadows). Understand that there are concepts such as the intensity of darkness, decided by how you set your light source.

Tip 678 (Crisp lighting): When planning the areas that you want to set in light and set in darkness, decide the areas and the amount of light that you would want to have a certain amount of light. Lighting makes a huge difference to the sharpness of the different sections of a photo, so make sure that this is well planned.

Tip 679 (Look to catch certain areas of your models face in light): Not all portraits need have a diffused uniform amount of lighting. Such portraits can be interesting where you are focusing a certain amount of light on the part of a face, giving a certain classic look. For example, certain images where the jaw is bathed in light while the rest of the face is in more darkness can look great.

Tip 680 (Use natural light coming from a window or open door): When looking at photos where you are trying to use a mix of light and shadow, consider the use of natural light sources such as the sunlight (later in the day or near evening) coming in through the window blinds, or through the open door. Sunlight is a great source of hard light.

Book: Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age (Paperback) (by Robert Hirsch) –

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