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Quality of Light

Lesson 46 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

Quality of Light

Lesson 46 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

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46. Quality of Light

Mastering photography is about more than just understanding your camera controls. Begin building an understanding of how light affects your images with hard and soft light.

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Quality of Light

light is the photography. What paint is to a painter. Understanding your palate is essential if you are to put the techniques you've just learned to best use. Some of this palette has naturally come up during this course. Color and white balance, the brush strokes of light in aperture and shutter speed. Now I want to introduce you to the moods of light itself. This is not an in depth tutorial on lighting. Instead, now you have mastered your digital camera. It's a stepping stone on the path to becoming a master photographer and is the first step towards the subject of the next course. In this Siri's mastering the art of photographic composition. Light has a quality, which is described as either hard or soft. Hard light gives dent, shadows and stark contrast, which great depth and form a building, for example, would look flattened soft light but will come alive, free, dimensional. Sooner shadows appear important. Your hard light maybe used a great drama. Abstraction is often used, for ex...

ample, in artistic glamour, a nude photography, a soft light is gentler. Shadows are more subtle if they appear a tall and textures such a skin appear smoother a soft light in landscape photography helped to create a sense of serenity and tranquility on whether the light sources artificial or natural. It's all the same, so the quality of light affects the mood of your image is all part of the visual story.

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mark jacobson
 

What a marvelous course! What a marvelous teacher! When I went to college, my father would always ask me about my professors, more than the courses themselves. He was passionate about learning and although too busy with earning an income to go beyond an undergrad degree, continued to read 50 books a year. I still remember how he'd get almost visibly excited when I'd tell him about some special professor who taught with such enthusiasm and, more than just passion, evident delight and joy in the subject. 'Ah they're the best, son. How wonderful you have such a teacher." Well, he passed away decades ago but if he were still around I'd get a kick out of telling him about Chris Weston, the 'Prof' of this course. He's one of the very special ones: a teacher who's loved and lived his vocation--his avocation--since he was a boy--and still is as excited about it now as he was then. The result: a course that seems to be more a labor of love--of pouring far more energy and thought into the details then one typically finds in these courses--than anything else. Bravo Chris! I'm already on to your next one.

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Chris is an amazing instructor who dissects theory giving amazing analogies that bring concepts to life. I have rarely been able to sit through most video course for more than a half-hour but watched this one from beginning to end. A good refresher course if you've been away from the camera for awhile or there are some concepts that still illude you. I highly recommend this course and look forward to watching his others. Thank you for the clarity and great explanations.

Sky Bergman
 

This was an amazing class. I have looked at a number of basic photography classes. This one was by far the best I have seen. Chris is an exceptional teacher. He breaks things down into digestible information and then inspires you to be creative. Thank you!

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