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Alley Cat's tips to great photography

Alison Watkins

ABOVE: My sister Paige is my model everywhere we go. When we were at the State Fair I pulled Paige to a patch of sunlight and asked her to flip her hair and turn around until I got this picture.
BOTTOM: Another picture of my beloved model. we were sitting outside and a care headlight was directly pointed at Paige so I told her not to move, I set the camera for the headlight and I knew it would shine around her.

Alison Watkins
Follow this column for photography techniques and advice from Alison Watkins.


Chapter 10: Light PART TWO

Light Is actually a pretty heavy subject. There are many factors when taking a photo and the biggest factor is light.

Natural light is entirely different from artificial light, like strobes and flashes. The glory of setting your camera yourself is to not need a flash in some instances, such as photographing food or highly reflective surfaces, like glass or metal.

The flash can certainly be used with a word of caution; make sure not to cause flash-burn. Flash-burn is when the flash is too bright or too close and causes blown out areas on the image. An easy fix is to set the camera for what the flash will overexpose and let the flash fill everything else with light. I will discuss more in flashes in an upcoming article.

I love backlighting! Backlighting is when your light source is behind your subject. In some cases the light shines through or around the edges of your subject. Since the light is behind the subject you have to set the camera for the subject to be exposed properly. Check out the images I’ve included. I explain the lighting in the captions.

Light can create mood for a photo. Mood is more of an element of an artistic photograph versus a journalistic photo and is different from emotion evoked in a photo. Mood is more of internal that can make someone feel spooked, enlightened, ect.

After the fall break I will be continually moving forward to more advanced topics. Next advancment is very specific to shooting in diffrent file formats.

Check back at the same Alley Cat time, same Alley Cat channel!

alison.watkins@fhspress.com

Alley Cat's
Photo Tips

CHAPTERS

Start shooting
Cameras
Composition
Sunrises and Sunsets
Black and White
Portraits
Landscapes
Long Exposure
Light PART ONE
Light PART TWO
Shoot in RAW
s
Back Button Focusing
The Challenges of      
      Sports Photography
Studio Photography
Lenses
FX and DX
Street Photography
Painting with Light
Filters
Bokeh vs. Blurry
Tripods and Mounts
File Naming and
      Organizing

-Printing and Resolution


-Flashes
-Paid Gigs
-Gadgets and Gizmos
-HDR
-Film Photography

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