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Problem Solving in the Studio

Every kind of photographer knows that the key to a good piece is the lighting. It can make or break your shot in photography, and either bring your subject to life or hide it away in the shadows. The impact of light can take your images to the next level, and it can just be fun to experiment with new techniques to try something different. In your next shoot, try using some of the tricks below that you can do at your studio without needing any help from assistants.

Using some of the industry’s leading photography gear, it can be easy to elevate your art to the next level. Using the Godox SA-17 projection adapter, you can play with a variety of light patterns and sources. It comes with a pack that comes with tiny windows, called gobos, that you put in front of the projector to create shadows that look like blinds, for example, and add interest to your image. You can try blurring the shadows behind your subject or moving closer to it, too, to have more control in finding exactly the look you want. No matter what you do, don’t be afraid to turn things around and make adjustments to get that perfect shot.

In addition to utilizing some cool gadgets to change up the light effects and impact of your shot, consider adding in a couple more light sources. Having your light source coming from multiple angles can create some new and interesting shapes, like a spotlight slit or an engulfing shadow, over your subject. Moving them around to different places, too, can either highlight or shade over areas you want to move forward or back into space adding to the depth of the shot. The color of the lights can change the whole feeling of your image and give it more of an obvious tone based on what color you choose. If you don’t have LEDs that automatically shift colors, you can use colored gels to change things up as well.

Paying attention to the intensity of the light, too, is important for getting your photos just right. Having them too high can overpower the effect you are trying to make and possibly wash out your subject. Not high enough, and the image falls flat and won’t pop as much as you are hoping it will. Learning to manipulate light is a skill that you will need to work at, but once you finally get it, it opens up endless possibilities for creativity. Try your hand at some of these and see what works best for your style and subjects to get your practice going.