08. Understanding light

Understanding light is key to great photography- Here, Karl tells you of the four types of light that you need to know, which is best for your photography and how best you can work with different sources of light to create the perfect results. Karl also touches on the “Magic hour” and why this is the best time to shoot to create more interesting photographs. With two photography demonstrations in this chapter – one Seascape and one portrait you will also learn about reflectors and how they are such a great tool to enhance your portraits.

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    1. Hi Jaquelyn, the equipment information is on the page in the ‘equipment list’ at the lower right of the page. Thanks Karl.

  1. I understand the apeture at 1.2 in order to blur the background. I’m guessing you are focusing on the models eye.
    Won’t this cause other parts of her body to be out of focus?

    1. Hi Charles, yes your thinking is correct as 1.2 will be very shallow depth of field but it also depends on how far away your subject is, the further away then the depth of field increases.

      1. When using wide aperture like 1.2, where is the best point to focus on to ensure all the subjects body are in focus and the background is blurred out? And also in case where there are two subjects side by side and you want both of them to be in focus and the background blurred out, where will be the focus point be?

        Thanks.

        1. Hi Babaatunde, it will not be possible to have all the body or two people in focus if shooting at f1.2 as the depth of field will most likely be too shallow, unless the subjects are further away. I’d always focus on the eyes but you will need to be thinking about using a smaller aperture for two people in the same shot.

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