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Tips & Tricks

Controlling Light with Matthew Jordan Smith

By fotosiamo on September 28th 2012

Light above anything else, makes photography. A great photographer is not only a master of his or her camera, but also a master in controlling lighting.

One of my favorite photographers, Matthew Jordan Smith, which many of you may have seen teaching on CreativeLive, explains the amount of control and detail he puts into his lighting approach. In this video, Matthew discusses different lighting scenarios, metering ratios, and controlling light.

One thing I want to point out is shooting against a white seamless. Like Matthew said, the light that is hitting the white seamless should be between 1/3 to 2/3 stop over your main light. Once you start getting 1-2 stops over your main light, the white seamless becomes a light source and will in turn kill the contrast in your image. His method will help you get crisp photos without overblowing your background.

To learn more, check out the video!

Thanks to Sekonic and PhotoSourceHub for the link!

About

Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    great vid

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  2. Kurk Rouse

    I’m not into fashion but i guess the pointers in here can be applied to wedding or regular portraits

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