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33 Top Ways To Use Light In Your Shots

Here's 33 tutorials on using light in all its forms to improve your photos.

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If you're looking for lighting advice, be it for capturing portraits on a sunny day or shooting still life work with more punch, we probably have a tutorial to help you. Here's 33 techniques all of which look at light in various shapes and forms. 


1. Beginner's Guide To Light

Mike Browne returns with a new series of beginner guides. This time his focus is on lighting.


2. An Exercise In Lighting For Beginners 

Mike Browne is back with the second part to his lighting tutorial series for beginners.


3. Understanding Different Types Of Light

Matt Thompson shares his advice on lighting, explaining the difference between hard and soft light.


4. Natural Light Photography Tips

Sean Arbabi shares his advice on nature photography and working with natural light.


5. Top Low Light Photography Tips

We have some more low light photography tips for you and this time the advice comes from Robin Whalley.



6. Tips And Advice On Light Direction

Tips on understanding light direction and when to use it.


7. Ways To Control Natural Light

Natural light is often the only light available to us when we are out shooting. But far form being an untameable beast, there are several ways that you can control it to achieve your desired photo.



8. Lighting A Wine Glass With Rim Light

A quick budget way to light a wine glass with the edges highlighted that will give you studio quality results with the minimum of gear and time.


9. Photographing Light Trails From A Car

Get in your car (make sure someone else is driving) and shoot some light trails.


10. Photographing Low Light Portraits

A few tips on shooting low light portraits with just one light source to create moody images. 


11. Tips On Low Light Photography

Advice to help you take better photos in low light. Including tips on kit choices, modes to use and more. 


12. Photographing Portraits In Natural Light

Make the most of natural light and shoot some portraits without flash.


13. Light Trail Photography Tips

Did you wonder how people get car lights to streak through their images? Well here's your answer.


14. 14 Tips To Improve Your Natural Light Portraits

Clean your windows and make use of the free light that falls through them for your portraits this week.


15. Light Painting Evening Landscapes

Just because the sun has set doesn't mean you have to stop shooting landscapes.


16. Direct Vs Diffuse Light Reflection

Tips on bouncing light off different types of surfaces to change the look / feel of your photos. 


17. How To Control The Look Of Your Light 

Tips on controlling and understanding your light source to create better photos. 


18. Using Daylight For Indoor Portraits

Make the most of the free light around you and shoot some portraits with it.


19. Photography Lighting Tips From Michael Freeman

Learn more about backlighting with the help of Michael Freeman as he discusses basic backlighting set-ups. 

Photo by Benjamin Haas.


20. Create Spirograph Style Photos With Light From A Torch

How to create Spirograph photos using a torch and your camera's long exposure mode.


21. Photographing Writing With Sparklers

We wave sparklers around and enjoy the shimmering trails, but photographers can add a touch of creative flare by recording the patterns they make, or even write your name or a message. Here's how...


22. Become A Pro At Using Backlight In Your Photos 

Create and enhance that summer feeling in your shots by mastering backlighting with these tips. 


23. Outdoor Food Photography Lighting Tips 

Photographer Taylor Mathis shows us how to capture good food shots outside by looking for the right light.


24. Advice On Portrait Lighting

ePHOTOzine spoke to portrait photographer Michael Alan Bielat to see how he lights portraits.


25. Top Tips On Using Flashguns

At first, using a flashgun is a little intimidating. You’ve got to grips with your camera settings and then you buy a flashgun. Suddenly, you are faced with a whole new set of confusing terms and techniques but don't worry; Mark Elliott is here to help. 


26. Tips On Using Flashguns For Portraits

In this article we'll discuss on camera and off camera solutions for fixing hard light. 


27. More Tips On Using Flashguns For Portraits

Learn how to use your flash gun manually and in TTL mode with the help of Mark Elliott.


28. Tips On Taking Photos With A Ring Flash

Joe McNally asks: straight flash be ugly, right? Well here he demonstrates how this isn't always true.


29. Food Photography Lighting Tips

Photographer Taylor Mathis shows how different types of light will change the look of your food photography.


30. Tips On Photographing Sunbeams Through Trees 

The chances of you finding mist circling around the trees is a lot higher at this time of year and when you mix this with a rising sun, you have the chance to capture strong beams of light as they burst through the trees.


31. How To Make The Most Of Your Camera's Built-In Flash

Many cameras have a built-in flash which can be used in more creative ways than you may think as we explain.


32. Creative Lighting Tutorial For Still Life Photography

Here we show you a simple lighting technique that can be used on a number of still life subjects.


33. LED Lighting Tips

Photographer Jacob James shares his tips on using LED lights for portrait work.

Photo by Jacob James


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