Lighting – Part 2

Lighting can seem as fickle as a fair weathered friend, although gratefully lighting can be manipulated as friends should not (fair weathered or committed).

I have written in earlier posts that lighting should be “flat” or even meaning without noticeable variation. Well an announcement: not all photographs should use flat lighting. Some photographs may need lighting in three dimensions than two and incidentally completely changing the rules of the photography game.

I would duplicate the work of others if I explained the process of three-dimensional lighting and far less than adequate. However to be fair I will give a few things to consider as well some research sources.

Digital-Photograly-School.com provides some excellent tips and tutorials on photographic art. Equipment reviews are also available when you find more equipment or replacements necessary.

DPReview.com offers a Photography Forum, Equipment Buying Guide and Challenges to keep you sharp and learning new techniques.

I urge you to make a list of websites like the Digital-Photography-School and DPReview (hopefully mine, foetoss.com included) that gives you the profitable resources and attainable steps to improving your technique which is already suitable for your desires, making it to an exciting skill for you and your family. Photography is an art based on science, so there is always room to learn and grow but also a sure foundation that will not change even if our understanding of it does.

Something to consider: How should your subject be lit? Am I looking to give it a look of mystery? Am I trying to display it for the purpose of visual description? Am I simply wanting to tell a story of life events? The answer to each of these questions have many answers, some good, some poor and many others which simply suit one person’s taste over another.

After your question is answered, the next begs answering, “Where then should I place the light?”

Reflections – Surface

So you want reflections, but under instead of on your object?

Mirrors – Shoot into or on mirrors is an amazing technique which not only gives reflection but adds more light to the scene.

Plexiglass – Being reflective yet it is not as strong a reflector as the silvering coat of a mirror. So while providing a great reflection, it will not add light to the scene as would a mirror.

Besides plexiglass comes in various colors. Take a minute to search the options manufacturers offer in plexiglass color.

Plexiglass can also add a density to shadow and reflection unlike other translucent materials. It is one of the most versatile materials I know of within the uses of photography.

Glass – A great reflector as the mirror and not as direct in adding light to the scene as plexiglass, glass itself in a great surface for reflections. One drawback to using glass is that it is fragile. That is only a drawback if you intend that your pane of glass remain intact throughout your photo shoot. Some photographers will use reflections in broken glass which brings up a whole new realm of ideas.

Water – Perhaps one of the most powerful, difficult and predictable substances on the earth, is also one of the cheapest and most accessible substances to capture reflections.

Considering the weather and time of year when planning a photo session is a good idea, even if only to verify that your annual day of rain is not schedule in the same day.

Possibilities are only as limited as my imagination! I love the study of light! Have fun as you learn and grow!

A parting thought: “We only have this moment once to enjoy, so I choose to enjoy it with this foundation; faith, on which to build the structure of physics as I soar into the realm of freedom, liberty and true creativity!”

Foetoss Means – Part 2

We were last discussing noun cases from the ancient Greek words “Foetoss” and how that plays into the difference between “Foeotss” and its root word “Foce”.

Allow me to illustrate the difference between the words and how the case changes its use. Pretend that we are making a sand castle on the beach. With all of the shovels and buckets at our disposal to form the castle, our first step will be to level the area where we will build the castle. This is setting the groundwork for a great castle and with a defined area on which we can build; this is our first step which I will name “Foce”. This is the purpose of this root word. It defines a general use or “area” in which the subject must remain to directly pertain for sound and logical communication. Next we fill our buckets with sand and begin building the walls of the castle, which I will name “Foetoss”. So our foundation is “Foce – Light” and our walls are “Foetoss – Of Light.”

The buckets really have nothing to do with the sand castle, but forming the sand. We could do the same with our hands if we had a mind to do so. My point is that the buckets being useful are not necessary to the sand castle. What is necessary is sand of which the foundation consists and the walls also. Therefore it would make sense to say “foundation” equals “sand” and “walls” equal “of sand” just as our Greek words “Foce” equal “light” and “Foetoss” equals “Of light”. They are the same substance, but it is from sand which the walls unformed were taken and now formed as sand castle walls.

So with this illustration, “Foce” and “Foetoss” both belong to the subject of “light”, but “Foetoss” is built on “Foce” just as the walls of the sand castle are built on the sand foundation.

So, this is what “Foetoss” means, “Of light”. Why did I choose the word “Foetoss (Of light)” for a studio name? You will have to come back and read part 3 to know!