underwater Photo Course :: (6) Composition :: Lighting
U/W Photo Course
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Lighting should not be underestimated as a compositional
device. We can convey the tactile qualities of our subjects and emphasize their
texture through oblique lighting.
Lighting is an important aspect of impact, as is contrastthe difference in desity between parts of an image. High contrast for example denotes larger differences with blacker blacks and whiter whites.
generally, whether color or tone. Highlights, such as sunbursts or bright
colors catch the eye, which responds automatically to such visual cues.
Devices we use to
gain attention can work against us at times though. As already mentioned,
distracting detail can make the eye jump about unintentionally and should be
avoided; unfortunately, diving equipment manufacturers are rather partial to
fluorescent colors and the only way to get around this is to mask those orange
snorkel tips and yellow straps with black tape.
above shots of divers holding a torch pointed at the camera are guaranteed to
get more attention than ones that don't.
With both fish and diver portraits, the eyes are
important. They should be pin sharp and leading into the point of interest
rather than staring blankly at the camera.
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