Lighting 102: One More Thing

In Lighting 102, we have learned some of the basic physical controls that we can apply to light: angle, distance, size, restriction.

We learned how to create a pre-existing fill environment with one light, and then augment that with a second light to add shape and form: One light for shape, another for detail.

We've also learned how to identify and control the zones of light that fall onto our subjects: diffused highlight, specular highlight, diffused shadow, diffused highlight to shadow transfer.

But there is another control lever that is more complex, more powerful and more evocative than all of the ones listed above. And that is the color of the light itself.

Lighting 103

I spent 20 years after learning my basic lighting skills blissfully unaware the importance of color. Which is why my photos looked more lit, and less real. Lighting 103, which focuses on color, is designed to help other photographers avoid that same mistake.

Put another way, almost everything we have done in Lighting 101 and 102 used white light. And white light is almost never found in nature.

So next, in Lighting 103, we're going to fix that disconnect.

Next: Lighting 103


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