This was an informative and back to basics session, which is exactly what I felt I needed coming back from summer break.
Kellie approached the session in very laidback way, which felt completely appropriate as it seemed that everyone had a basic understanding of the key concepts, but we just needed to be reminded of them; as she repeated a few times – if you don’t use it, you lose it!
The studio is a place of complete control, we ain’t god yet and until we can completely control natural light, studio light/flash is important. These skills are transferable to many different situations including on location lighting, which is important to professional practise (adding to my toolbox of skills). I have expressed before that I don’t enjoy using the studio, preferring to work with natural light, but I am starting to understand that potentially this statement is made out of fear and not understanding the key principles (I think I will try to remedy this this year).
We went right back to understanding the light source that these theories are built on; the sun. Understanding the effects of the seasons: summer light casts longer and harder shadows as the sun is high in the sky (directly above) as opposed to softer winter light when the sun doesn’t reach the same direct angle. Cloud cover cools the light and acts as a natural diffuser, so replicating light like this in the studio needs soft light, using soft-boxes/diffusers over the direct light source.
- Light Metering: Incident light reading = reading the light FALLING on the subject (point meter towards camera).
- Read highlights and shadows to know where to place your aperture (depending on what light you want).
- Reflected light reading = light being reflected OFF the subject (point light meter towards SUBJECT.
The exposure triangle is crucial to understanding the way the camera works with light and how to expose correctly, all three sides work in harmony and you should absolutely utilise and monitor how they are working best for you. Its a conversation between each side.
I feel at this point in my practise I have a pretty solid grasp on this concept, especially working in natural light. The times where I feel abut out of my depth is in low light conditions, but this also is impacted by the limitations of my camera. I also feel that introducing studio light puts me on edge slightly and what I know flies out my head in fear of the technicalities. Definitely something to work on, but this initial refresher session has helped to solidify some of the key concepts in my mind.