Ian Plant

Outdoor Photography Lighting Styles

Ian Plant
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If you want to improve your outdoor photography lighting, there are certain factors you need to be aware of. In this free video, world renowned outdoor photographer Ian Plant shows you three basic lighting styles and how they can work for you. The first is front lighting, which occurs when the sun is behind you and the subject in front of you. Wildlife photographers favor this style for enhancing colors and details. The second outdoor photography lighting style is side lighting, which is ideal for landscape photographers because it adds texture, contrast, and depth. The third style is backlighting, the sun positioned behind your subject. Ian prefers this creative outdoor photography lighting style because it adds translucence and rim lighting to your subjects whether you photograph animals, trees, flowers, or mountains.

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3 Responses to “Outdoor Photography Lighting Styles”

  1. Mary Dieringer

    It is sometimes hard to take photographs where the subjects are backlit (like flowers). How do you keep from getting glare on the lens? Do you recommend using a diffuser?

  2. Robert

    Happy Valentine's Day

  3. David

    Outdoor lighting styles

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