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The Inverse Square Law

Lesson 20 from: Lighting 101

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The Inverse Square Law

Lesson 20 from: Lighting 101

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20. The Inverse Square Law

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Chapter 1 Introduction

01:26
2

Why Just One On-Camera Flash

04:22
3

5 Reasons to Use Flash

10:37
4

Common Flash Myths

06:51
5

What Makes Flash Challenging?

04:56
6

Chapter 2 Introduction

01:36
7

Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light

08:19
8

Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure

03:07
9

Flash vs. Ambient Demo

06:42
10

Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect

07:11
11

Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect

04:19
12

Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect

07:10
13

Understanding Flash Duration

08:37
14

Chapter 3 Introduction

01:34
15

5 Common Key Light Patterns

08:38
16

5 Common Key Light Patterns w/ Diffusion & Fill

07:42
17

5 Common Secondary Light Patterns

08:28
18

3 Primary Subject Patterns

05:27
19

Light Qualities

09:56
20

The Inverse Square Law

07:50
21

Inverse Square Law in Practice

08:21
22

Corrective White Balance

10:02
23

Creative White Balance

05:47
24

Chapter 4 Introduction

01:58
25

On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash

05:57
26

Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes

08:59
27

TTL vs. Manual Control

08:12
28

TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times

04:43
29

Flash Power & Zoom

09:18
30

HHS vs. ND Filters

12:29
31

FCS vs. RCS

07:11
32

Chapter 5 Introduction

01:38
33

4 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash

06:00
34

Bare Bulbing Done Right

11:42
35

Grid Snoot + Direct Flash

06:43
36

Mini Beauty + Direct Flash

06:08
37

Ring + Direct Flash

07:52
38

Understanding Modifiers

09:24
39

Direct Flash + Shutter Flash

09:07
40

Chapter 6 Introduction

01:55
41

Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash

14:27
42

Silver Bounce

14:27
43

More Light Silver

11:02
44

Soft White Bounce

15:41
45

Overhead Bounce

11:39
46

Overhead Bounce + Fill

09:42
47

Event Bounce

12:42
48

Chapter 7 Introduction

01:38
49

Natural vs. Dramatic Light

17:43
50

Filling and Refining Existing Light

08:44
51

Coloring Light for Corrective Effect

13:33
52

Coloring Light for Creative Effect

10:27
53

Chapter 8 Introduction

00:43
54

Case Study 1 - Dramatic Sunset

09:45
55

Case Study 2 - Desert Sunset

10:04
56

Case Study 3 - Sinister Headshot

09:40
57

Case Study 4 - Family Portrait

08:21
58

Case Study 5 - Athlete Portraits

11:19
59

Case Study 6 - Working Angles

07:22
60

Case Study 7 - Drag + Composite

08:09
61

Case Study 8 - Less is More

07:16
62

The Good Karma Jar

01:41
63

Favorite Feature Flashes

05:52
64

Favorite Manual Flashes

21:35
65

Favorite On Camera Flash Modifiers

21:21

Lesson Info

The Inverse Square Law

the inverse square law. When we think of learning flash, we think, Oh, my gosh, I gotta learn about these ratios an inverse square line. Look, people make this thing out to be so much more complicated than it actually is. But it is important to understand. And I'm gonna explain to you the Onley piece of this that's important in layman's terms, or rather, pi man's terms, because I'm a layman, and I appreciate when people explain things to meanly mast herbs. All this is saying the inverse square law simply means as your light gets further from your subject, you lose light that was so incredibly simple. As the light gets further away, I'm losing like, Wow, that really makes a lot of sense. But the only caveat there is that you're losing light at a quicker rate than you might think you are. And this is what most people think. If I move this light, let's say this is that one foot right now and here's my subject. If I move it to feet away, then I get half the amount of light. The only thing ...

that the members lost stating is that you're losing, actually, Mawr then the amount of light that you think. OK, I'm gonna explain to You'll even understand the math after this. But that's a simple as what ISS now in practice. What this means is basically, it's really most applicable when you are, I mean, not only when you're moving lights in relation to one subject, but its most applicable when you're shooting a group of people, more than one person or more than one type of subject. So I haven't example here. Now our subjects are roughly kind of one. Let's just assume that they're kind of one foot apart. It's really more like six inches apart. But let's assume is one foot apart. If I place the flash really close to their heads, let's say that I placed the flash one foot away from her head. Then let's say daughters two feet and let's say Dad is three feet. I'm losing light, okay? And I'm losing light at a faster pace that I think. OK, so by the time that light reaches the daughter, I've lost more light. I've lost a lot of light, and by the time it reaches Dad, I've lost even more like what ends up happening is Mom is really bright daughters in the middle, and Dad's really dark. All this means is when I'm shooting a group, the larger the group that I want a light. If I want even lighting on everybody that I need to move the light further away. Okay, Unexplained. Why Right now let's actually talk about the formula for just one moment. Why is it called the inverse square law? I hate Matt. I absolutely hate math. So when people said you gotta learn the inverse square law, I was like, No, I don't man, I don't need to learn any math. But then when I actually learned I was like, Oh, that's really actually quite simple. What is inverse? It just means you inverted right. You flip like instead of having to its 1/ instead of four. It's 1/4. Square simply means you're squaring it, so you flip it and square it really simple. The formula is you're like intensity is equal to one over the distance squared. This is where people kind of get it all confused. Let's assume that one foot one foot for my light source. I'm getting the exact amount of light that I want. We're going to say that it's 100% like, really, it's not 100% because I'm losing light between this and one foot. But let's assume that one foot I have 100% of my desired amount of light. Well, we talked about it. You're losing light faster than you think you are. So a two feet. My intuition says OK. At two feet, it's double the distance of one foot, so I have 50% power. No, it's the inverse square, so I take one over two, and two squared is actually four, so 1/4. That is the amount of light I'm left at two feet. So from one foot to two feet when I double the distance and this doesn't matter if its feet or if it's meters, whenever you double the distance, you actually drop much further. So from 100% I dropped a 25% power. Now, from let's say, from two feet all the way to four feet, I would think that from two feet to four feet well, it's four feet is double the distance of two feet, so I'm gonna have half the power. I'm gonna have 12.5% power. But no, its again. Any time you double the distance, you cut it in 1/4. So at four feet have 6.25% which is 1/4 of where I was at at 25% of two feet. This is all the inverse square law means is that you take the distance, you square it so at one of one doesn't my full power. This is where I have my full setting at one a double that distance. It's 1/4 at three feet or three meters. Whatever you're using to measure, it's now 1/3 squared. So 1/9. That's my power left, which is 11% at four feet or four meters. I'm at 1/4 squared, which is 1/16 power 1 25th power 1 36 power. Every one of these has a corresponding percentage. Now I'm getting I'm getting 2.78% of that original 100% at one foot compared to at six feet. So the light is falling off at a very dramatic pace. But here is the part that should make sense to you from one foot to six feet. This light fall off is incredibly dramatic. Look at us. We're going from 100% down to 2.78%. Okay, we're losing the majority. 97% of our light is gone, but from six feet 27 feet, the difference there is only 0.6% from seven feet to eight feet. The difference There is only 80.4 point 5%. So what happens is is the further from the light source, the less fall off you're actually getting. And that's why, let's say, when we're talking about the son, the son well, is how many billions of miles away from us. Even though I'm standing, let's say I'm standing one mile closer to the sun and somebody else in relation to how far that light is A way that one mile difference between me and another person in relation of sun is nothing. So the amount of light that I'm getting worse, the amount of light that is reaching them is identical. It doesn't really make any bit of difference, but with a flash that's placed relatively close, that distance would make a difference we're gonna show you that in practice. So what are the takeaways? Inverse square law. Simply put, you're losing more light than you think you are. As you move the flash away from your group or away from your subject when you're lighting a group, if you want even light from left to right or from right to left, you need to place a flash further back so that everybody is at a roughly and approximately same distance to the light source. And then you'll get even live on everybody if the distances between one are different than that's where it's gonna change. And if you want to know, the math will simply take. The intensity is equal to one over the distance squared. So the distance from life Source square that's it. That's it. Now we're gonna show you what it is in practice, and hopefully, by the end, this is gonna make so much sense. I'm like, Oh my gosh, why didn't anybody to say that? It just your life gets less powerful more quickly than you think it does. I don't know why anybody said that, but I'm saying to you now let's go the next with you

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