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Photography Lighting Techniques

Learn about different photography lighting techniques from professional photographer Chris Ryan in this Howcast video.


My name is Chris Ryan. I'm a photographer. We're here at my studio, Chris Ryan Photography, in northwest Portland. If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit my website at, or if you'd like to follow my daily activities, go to my Facebook page, Chris Ryan Photography in Portland, Oregon. Today, I'm going to talk to you about studio photography. I'd like to talk a little bit about the different types of lighting available for photography. Artificial light for photography ranges really from your bounce card or your reflector, all the way up to studio lights and beyond that to arena lights. The basics are that reflector that bounces a little bit of natural light, or even a little bit of artificial light in a direction that you want it. And then, we move on to small portable lights that can be mounted on the shoe of the camera. And often times, those can be also controlled by a radio transmitter. And so you can have your small compact portable light now be a directional light, because you've got it off camera, way off to the side.
And then you have studio lights. They all come with the ability to attach a modifier to it. An umbrella, or a soft box. And then you go all the way up to your arena lights that are mounted up in the corners of arenas to light up an NBA game. But that's the basics about photography lighting.

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