31 Jul Lighting 102: Introduction

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Welcome to the all-new, completely revised Lighting 102. If you are here, you should already have read through Lighting 101, and have a good understanding of its concepts.

In lighting 101 you learned the basics of getting your light off camera, how to sync it, and how to position it to reveal form. In Lighting 102 we’ll go beyond those basics. You’ll learn how to create shape and form while at the same time controling your light throughout the three-dimensional space in your photo.

Pictured above is magician Dean Turner. He has graciously agreed to be experimented upon with our small flashes, and will be dropping in throughout Lighting 102 to serve as spokesmannequin as we work through some of our lighting controls.

Our environment for the day: a meeting room at a nearby community center, which we will visually negate with a lovely hand-painted canvas backdrop courtesy my friend Sara Lando.

Our lighting arsenal? Two, small AA battery-powered speedlights. Specifically, a pair of LumoPro LP180s. Nothing fancy or expensive.

Which is fine, because L102 is not about throwing money at good light. So we’ll be working with a small, basic gear pack.

Much of what you’ll learn in in L102 will be very intuituve in retrospect. You already know how light works, because you have been observing it for your entire life—even if you have never really thought about it.

But as photographers, we need to go beyond just understanding something after the fact. We have to previsualize our photos, and know how to

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