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'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.

Confession Time

I spent 20 years after learning my basic lighting skills without truly grasping the importance of color. Which is why my photos looked more lt—and less real.

Over the last few years, I have been working very hard to better understand it the color of light—both in my own work and in the work of others. So color is going to get a lot more than its own post. Color is going to get an entire module, just like Lighting 101 and Lighting 102.

I'll give you one guess as to what the module will be called.

Coming next, a full-length Lighting 103 module that will deeply explore the use of color in lighting. Hopefully, it'll serve as a solid foundation for those of you who want to explore this powerful tool.

Expect a good mixture of practice and theory, some exercises for you to complete on your own and some truly awesome guest perspectives.

Coming soon, on Strobist.


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