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Toying With Light In Photography – Try Something Different – It Might Just Surprise You!

Putting Power Cords TogetherIt's not that the image to the left is something amazing because there are likely a lot of things you could probably point out that you don't like about it. However, this brief post is about TOYING WITH LIGHT not 10 things that's wrong with this image.

Here's the story behind this shot that will hopefully encourage you to try something different with your lighting:

About 50 feet away from the subject, I had 53 inch white seamless set up with 3 softboxes pointing to the seamless.  1 of the 3 softboxes was boomed in on a C-stand. All the light was focused on the seamless background which was set up for some simple product shots.

So while I was waiting, this guy was putting some cords together and I thought...hmmm... why not take a shot with the lights 50 feet away in this high ceiling, 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse and see what happens?  Well, I was quite surprised when I balanced the strobes to the light in the warehouse.  I just love the way the lighting filled this area from so far away.

Power Cords No Fill Light

The smaller image on the right was shot in the same general area without the strobe lights on and it just doesn't have the POP of the image to the upper left.   Looking at the image on the left and the one on the right far larger than you see here, there is a noticeable difference in image quality because of all the fill light vs. only using NATURAL warehouse lighting.

So the next time you think about shooting with NATURAL light or just popping the shot off with on camera flash, you should consider lighting the scene up with some BIG light instead.   Notice how the guy in the distance is well lit also in the image to the upper left.

I hope this post inspires you to step outside of your comfort zone and try something different with your lighting.



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David Williams

About The Author: David Williams is a professional still photographer and videographer focusing on corporate and commercial work. His love for still photography began in 1982 while still in High School. David started making money at photography in 1982. David and his wife Brenda started working together in photography in 1988 when they met and were married in 1989. Brenda is the photo editor for the business. David and Brenda have two daughters in their 20's. Please be sure to get a quote for services if needed: our goal is to respond as promptly as possible. You may also call David direct at 919.628.2902. You may share this content using the larger social icons above this bio section. You may find David on various social platforms by clicking the smaller icons to the left of this paragraph under David's headshot. Please visit our home page as well.