How to Create Sunshine Effect in Studio with Artificial Sunlight
In this tutorial video we’ll give you tips on how to cheat mother nature and show you how to create your own sunshine in the studio.
Sunshine always evokes warmest emotions when we look at the image. Sunny day associates with pleasant emotions caused by increase of vitamin D3 that is produced in the skin when 7-dehydrocholesterol reacts with UVB. However, our mind can trigger positive emotions just by anticipating the drug (vitamin D). If an image with sunshine can make us happier, how about photographing sunshine indoors on a rainy day?
Ideal lighting scenario outdoors would be morning or evening light with some puffy clouds to create good mid-tones and beautiful highlights.
a. Sun: Direct source of hard light = clamp lamp with clear bulb
b. Time of the day: 6pm early evening = position clamp lamp at a low angle
c. Clouds:Diffusion = Roll of Drafting Vellum
d. Sunlight picking through the clouds: cut a hole in the drafting vellum
e. Now that you have control of the sunshine you can even go grab a sandwich and the sun will be there when you return. (that’s what I did)
Extras (if desired):
a. Use a fill-light or bounce-light from the front of your subject to soften hard shadows caused by direct light.
b. Use Selective focus. Shallow depth of field often helps to make your photograph more interesting, and to draw viewers’ eyes to a particular part of the image.
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