5 Rules of Lighting Every Photographer Should Know

Working with artificial light is something a lot of photographers struggle with, but if you understand some fundamental rules about how it behaves and how to control it, you can make your life a lot easier. This excellent video tutorial will show you five fundamental rules of lighting that every photographer should know and how to use them to make better images. 

Coming to you from John Gress, this helpful video tutorial discusses five fundamental rules of lighting every photographer should know. One mistake I commonly see photographers make involves the rule relating the size of the modifier to the softness of the light. It is true that bigger modifiers produce softer light and smaller modifiers produce harder light, but this is in reference to the relative size of the modifier, not the absolute size. In other words, you can make the modifier bigger (and thus, the light softer) relative to your subject by moving it closer. This is the same reason why the sun, despite being huge, produces hard light. It is also useful to know if you are going to be working on location or outside and do not want to or cannot drag along a huge umbrella or softbox. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Gress. 

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