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The key to photography is understanding light

By Mason Resnick - March 8, 2009


Photography is derived from the greek words that mean "painting with light". That should give you some idea of how important lighting is to photography.

Simply put: without light, there's no photography.

In the Adorama Learning Center's Lighting section, you'll learn the many aspects of light and how light and photography work. Armed with a better understanding of photography, you can control exposure and watch your creativity soar!

We'll talk about:

• outdoor lighting, taming harsh sunlight and redirecting it for better shots;

• understanding how different qualities of light--its color, angle and intensity--work in photography;

• the best way to get flattering lighting indoors;

• how to get the most out of your portable or studio flash;

• how to shoot at night and other low-light situations and get the best possible shots

...and much more.

Read on, and you'll soon see light in an entirely new light.

 

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9 Great Gadgets That Will Give You More Flattering Flash Photos

Our Favorite Portable Flash Light Modifiers (UPDATED FOR 2014)

ArticleLighting and Studio Gear Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, July 28, 2014

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These flash modifiers can control and shape light to reduce or eliminate harsh lighting from your shoe-mounted flash, resulting in more pleasing portraits.

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TAGS: LumiQuest,  light,  flash,  lighting,  flash diffuser,  lighting technique,  Flashpoint 

Tips for Shooting Panoramic Portraits

Joe McNally rediscovers his love for panoramic portrait shooting.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Photo on the Go Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, March 20, 2014

Adorama TV presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally.  In this episode, Joe shows how he captured dramatic panoramic portraits using a beauty dish.

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TAGS: film camera,  film,  reflector,  Joe McNally,  beauty dish,  analog 

Multiple Speedlights for a Portrait

Watch as Joe McNally deconstructs one of his portraits.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Photo on the Go Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, March 6, 2014

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Adorama TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally.  In this episode, Joe shows you how to use multiple Speedlights to capture a portrait that has a lot of F-stop.

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Three Creative Ways to Use a Ring Flash

Find alternative uses for your ring flash.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Take and Make Great Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Gavin Hoey, February 27, 2014

AdoramaTV presents Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey. Ring flash in portraits has a very distinctive look but owning a ring flash doesn't limit you to just one style. 

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TAGS: photoshop,  portrait,  ring flash,  portrait photography,  Gavin Hoey,  ring light 

Accent Lights to Highlight Parts of A Photograph

Joe McNally shares his professional photographer tips.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Photo on the Go Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, February 20, 2014

Adorama TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe shows how using accent lights can guide your viewer's attention to a specific area in your photo.

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TAGS: light,  light stands,  lighting,  lighting technique,  Joe McNally 

Creating Simple In-Studio or In-Home Lighting Setups

Create a simple lighting configuration for your portrait shoots.

ArticleAdoramaTV—reDefine with Tamara Lackey Techniques and How-Tos - by Tamara Lackey, February 18, 2014

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Adorama TV Presents the reDefine Show with Tamara Lackey. Join Tamara as she shows you how to create a simple, broadly-lit lighting configuration in a studio or for an in-home portrait shoot.

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TAGS: light,  lighting,  portrait,  lighting technique,  indoors,  portrait photography 

Exposure Photography Tip from Joe McNally

Learn a useful tip for properly exposing your photographs.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Photo on the Go Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, January 30, 2014

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Adorama TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally.  In this episode, Joe shows how properly exposing your foreground can help you gain control of the exposure of your background.

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Racing for Portraits at the Brickyard

ArticleLighting and Studio Gear Gear Guides & Reviews - by Adorama News Writer, January 8, 2014

In this lesson, Ian Spanier shares some shots from his "mess-turned-success" shoot at a NASCAR race. See how with two Photoflex Extra Small Octodomes, Ian is able to create a great series of portraits inside the garage next to the pit row.  

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