Controling light to help photos work…

Controlling light …

Holding a diffuser. Photo  by Susan “B” Lawrence

Holding a diffuser. Photo by Susan “B” Lawrence

In other words,hot spots are controlled, detail is obvious, and a certain feeling is projected.

One tool that is effective in making an effective image is a diffuser. They come in different sizes, the 24″ and 32″ most popular as they cover a larger area while still being portable and collapse to a size that can be carried in the backpack.

Violet wonder by Diane Jettinghoff

Violet wonder by Diane Jettinghoff

We found many choices on the internet at amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/175-9188644-0610422?url=search-alias%3Dphoto&field-keywords=photo+defusers.

Creating a simple shadow on a subject can sometimes create a similar effect.

Redirecting light…

Another simple technique for an otherwise lifeless image is to redirect light into the subject. Reflectors come in Gold tint for a softer light, Silver for sharper light, and white for an effect in between. They are often bundled up with a package from the same source listed above for diffusers or at many place that sells photo accessories. One could actually use a bright article of clothing or even their hand to redirect a shaft of light onto a subject.

Watching the background…

Removing unwanted bright spots in a scene can often be done using an “eraser” tool or “spot remover” in a post production program. Some photographers even carry a muted piece of fabric to place behind a small flower to cut down on distracting white spots. Think about a dark jacket in a pinch.

Bob Grytten photo

Bob Grytten photo

Where was I?

Taking a picture of a nearby sign can help recall our Location. A simple name with marker on a pad and photographing it can also work. And who wouldn’t like additional details about an area, especially if thinking about a later story or multimedia program.

Diane last of the steps at Graveyard Fields. Bob Grytten photo

Diane last of the steps at Graveyard Fields. Bob Grytten photo

And we always like to have fun…

About lensluggers

Nature photographers in Great Smoky Natl Park area, Lens Luggers enjoying travel and photography. Shoot'n fool who have a good time and like to share what they do. Go to www.lensluggerworld.com
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