Diffusers for soft lighting
Table of ContentsPage 1: Introduction to studio lighting Page 2: Diffusers for soft lighting Page 3: Lighting for Portraits
In order to produce a soft light that will in turn produce soft edged shadows, we need to spread the light out with a diffuser. There are several different kinds available, window lights, 'swimming pools' etc, but the most useful, versatile and portable is the umbrella. They can be used to shoot through or to reflect the light. The parabolic shape helps to focus or de-focus the light a little (depending on which way round you use it), and they fold up nicely for transport and storage.
Shooting through a translucent umbrella
A two light setup, one through and one bounced
Bouncing the light into an opaque umbrella
Using the flash without a diffuser
Getting the best out of the sun.
Filling in the shadows.
Break away from the in-camera flash.
Soften those shadows.
A quick remedy in Photoshop.
An introduction to indoor lighting.
A bit of Physics for those who feel the need.
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