PHOTOGRAPHY BASIC - LIGHT, LIGHT AND MORE LIGHT
by Magdalene Teo
My 1st decision before taking a shot is to decide if I want more or less light and how the light should look like for my photograph.
In this photo of the tribal lady, she was in a low-lit room. I decided that I wanted to fame her using that 1 beam of light (sunlight) shining through the roof of that room. I decided not to place her directly below with her facing the light Ė she may end up squinting her eyes because of the sunís rays although I may have done it if I can communicate with her on what I had in mind. I also decided that I didnít want to use a flash (artificial light). What I ended up doing is to ask her to sit with her back against that beam of light so that you can see the light rims around her frame. I then asked another photographer who was wearing a white shirt to stand in front of her. Why? The light that was shining on the white shirt then bounced off that shirt onto her face giving it a soft diffused gentle light. I personally think this was what had made the shot.