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    Share your photographic lighting techniques for dummies pls

    I know this may be like asking for a chef's secret recipe but...
    eager to learn, getting the new camera was only the beginning

    Image posted by Mobile in another thread....

    (top left and right rear?... with RR the main source?)

    We have such a deep talent pool here at TF, so teach meeeeeeeeeeeeee LOL
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    I'm certainly not an advanced photographer, but cheap trick I learned doing video production back in highschool is that white cardboard is your friend. Nearly any bright, whitish light source can be helpful if you've got a good diffuser on hand.
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    In general the most pleasing results come from reducing or eliminating harsh shadows.

    This can be achieved from fill-in lighting from mulitple light sources and diffusion.

    The simplest multiple source are reflectors which can be anything that reflects light - color and amount of light and diffusion are affected by the material and surface texture. Artificial light sources and flashes (off and on camera) are others.

    Diffusion is achieved by scattering the light between the source and subject. If outdoors simply moving (when possible) the subject under open shade will work wonders. Otherwise tents, canopies or screens of various materials can be used. I've read of some photographers making their own rigs from shower curtains and PVC pipes to use in the field.

    When using a flash it can help to move the flash unit off-camera. You can usually buy off camera flash cables that have the connections to maintain full automation functions of the flash. There are also wireless flash triggers but you will probably lose some of the functions of the flash (like Through-The-Lens exposure control).

    Diffusion can be added to just about any flash as simply as using a white handkerchief held in place with a rubber band. There is usually one or two in my camera bag for just that purpose - or what other small emergencies that may come up. White plastic grocery bags work as well. If you want to get fancier find a milky white plastic bottle - the sort that rubbing alcohol usually comes in - that will fit over the head of the flash unit and do some cutting.
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    cheap ways? for large areas bounce light off a sheet of white copy paper, for small areas cheap book lights with flexible necks...........
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    i just take pics outside on cloudy days. really nice diffused light with few harsh shadows.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kulamauiman View Post
    i just take pics outside on cloudy days. really nice diffused light with few harsh shadows.....
    some of us live where there is snow on the ground for 4 or 5 months......
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    i do go into the greenhouse when it is cold and windy. wind is the biggest issue for me. The snow should actually help reflect light but may mess up and add extra glare..... i need to work in places with snow

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    the cold that goes with it is a lil rough on most CP's, especially neps
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