Today, there are a wide variety of backgrounds and lighting for photography. Some photographers think it is good to have multiple backgrounds to work with. They want the background to reflect the mood of the photograph. But they never take into consideration the effect of lighting.
As our current technology has advanced, we can now use various tools to simulate the effects of lighting on photographs. Backgrounds and lights for photography should be chosen to match the mood of the photograph. Here are some helpful tips:
Black Backdrop – To get that dark look in a photograph, you can use black as the background. Dark backgrounds often give a dramatic effect.
Colors – A bright or colorful background makes a photograph more pleasant to look at. However, a high-intensity light may be too harsh on certain areas of the image. The only way to avoid glare is to minimize the intensity of the light. Highlight areas with a low intensity of light.
Blend Background – There are various ways to blend a foreground with the background. You can choose the background for the foreground. It can be a neutral backdrop that has similar hues or the area of the photograph can be blended in such a way that it matches the hue of the sky or the surroundings. It can be too much or too little blending of the foreground area.
Types of Light
Natural Light – Using natural light or artificial light in a photograph is not really effective. Light that comes from a different direction will affect the foreground area differently.
Computer Generated Lighting – In digital photographs, a digital camera uses a shutter that automatically controls the amount of light entering the camera’s sensor. This makes images appear more realistic.
Clouds – Cloud backdrops, which are often used to represent the clouds in a photograph, are also very impractical because they lack form and therefore cannot simulate the real thing. Cloud effects will only be effective when the real cloud is placed in the foreground and it cannot be a smaller size.
Mood – Use your own background to create a mood for the photo. Often the background can have a powerful impact on how the photograph looks.
Other Important Things
Special props – If there are special props involved in the photograph, then place them in the foreground so they can enhance the photograph. The most effective props include props that are placed in the foreground of the photo so that they do not have to be viewed through the camera’s viewfinder. Many people will focus on the background to make it seem more interesting, but it is the foreground that actually does the work.
Darkness – Darkness is better for photography. The shadows produced by the background and the hand of the photographer can enhance the image. This can even be more effective if the shadows are used to enhance the subject rather than against the subject.
Determining how much light to use depends on the scene and the desired effect for the photograph. To find out how much lighting to use in the background of a photograph, look at the lighting in the photograph, and multiply the measurements by 100 to determine how much light to use.