Lighting for Photography BPH204

Learn to Understand Lighting for Photography

Using light requires an understanding of physics, equipment technology and artistic composition; all blended together.

This course is balanced to teach you all of these three things.

 

Course Structure and Content

This course has 8 lessons, together with 8 assignments, spread over approximately 100 hours of study.

Lesson 1.  Light Characteristics and Lighting Concepts

  • Intensity
  • Colour Temperature
  • Incident or Reflected Light
  • Exposure Readings
  • Light Management
  • Planning Ideas
  • Learn from experience
  • Adjusting light for digital or choosing film
  • Curves

Lesson 2.  Understanding Sensiometry and the Zone System

  • Sensitometry
  • The Subject
  • Blackness of Image
  • Transmission
  • Opacity
  • Density
  • Scatter
  • Callier Coefficient
  • Characteristic Curve
  • The Zone System
  • Using the Zone System
  • Controlling Contrast
  • Equipment and Film
  • Exposing shadows
  • Processing Highlights

Lesson 3.  Light Sources

  • Natural and Artificial Light Sources
  • Properties of Light Sources
  • Copy Lighting
  • Flash Photography
  • Electronic Flash (Manual, Computer, Dedicated)
  • Flash Synchronisation
  • Flash Problems (eg. Red eye)
  • Mixing Flash and Daylight

Lesson 4.  Meters and Filters

  • Measuring light (centre weighted system, Spot reading meter)
  • Problems with different meters
  • Backlit Subjects
  • Filters

Lesson 5.  Other Equipment for Lighting

  • Reflectors
  • Problems with Aluminised Reflectors
  • Reflector attachments
  • Diffusers
  • Tripods and Stands
  • Specialised Light Sources (Spots, Cyclorama lights, Part lights,
  • Stroboscopic lights, Ring lights)
  • Backgrounds
  • Digital Cameras

Lesson 6.  Contrast and Composition

  • Introduction
  • Subject Contrast
  • Lighting Contrast
  • Brightness Range
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Ways of Assessing Composition
  • Compensating for Reflected Glare
  • Compensating for Lens Flare

Lesson 7.  Studio Lighting

  • Portrait Studio Lighting
  • Working with studio lights
  • Creating lighting effects
  • Background lighting
  • Mixed lighting
  • The Basic studio
  • Additional lighting equipment
  • Special techniques (Fashion lighting, Butterfly lighting, Lighting still life, etc)

Lesson 8.  On-Location Lighting

  • Outdoor lighting effects
  • Time of Day
  • Weather
  • Excessive outdoor light
  • Night photography
  • Underwater Photography
  • Creating Intense Colour
  • Rain forest Photography
  • Photographing Cars
  • Special Techniques (High speed, Intermittent capture, etc)
  • Lighting Plants
  • On location Photo Skills

 

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A 1 x $726.00  1 x $660.00
B 2 x $396.00  2 x $360.00

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