Photography, or “drawing with light”, requires a certain amount of understanding of how light will change perspective via the camera. Most of the time, little fixes to lighting, or moving yourself or your subject will help. When it comes to using studio lighting, there are ways to get the photo you want while keeping it simple. This blog will be about using a single-lighting source when in a studio.
This is, obviously, very easy and will help amateur photographers learn the basics of lighting to create drama and contrast to the photo. When using a single-source, you can choose on-axis or off-axis. You’ve seen this before when models are standing in front of a crop and are posing. The light is either directly on them (on-axis) or moved up to 20 degrees to the right or left (off-axis).
The difference between the two is easy to see – on-axis, or direct, removes shadows that can add contours to a photo. This helps when trying to eliminate imperfections. The photo is flat. This isn’t a bad photograph and is most often used in ads you see for products in magazines. Off-axis adds shadows and creates dimension and contrast to the subject.
You should play around with this technique and see the stark differences. You can also learn more about studio lighting at Lawrence Camera Saturday January 26th. This is part of our ongoing photography classes that we offer. Click the link to learn more!