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Photographic Lighting Basics

Functions of photographic lighting:

  1. to enable the photographer to see and focus on the subject, and then to create an image of the subject with a camera
  2. to convey information about the subject such as shape, colour, size, texture and form
  3. to comment by giving mood or atmosphere to a subject and implications of worthiness, value, happiness, misery, honesty, purity, etc.
  4. to give sensual pleasure to the viewer - the "eye-candy" factor:

What does light do to a subject?

Lighting the background:

Studio lighting kit: