Top 10 Lighting Facts Beginner Photographers Need to Know

When it comes to creating any type of photo – a portrait, a landscape, a macro scene, and everything in between, lighting is the most important factor. But as you’ve probably discovered, lighting is also one of the most difficult aspects of getting a high-quality photo.

In some cases, the lighting is too bright and harsh. On other occasions, it’s too dim and dark. You might not know how to use continuous lighting to your advantage. Using a flash or a strobe might be a little confusing as well.

So, there’s lots to learn, to be sure! Let’s get started learning more about lighting with these 10 essential lighting facts.

Light Has Color

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All light has color, or more specifically, a color temperature.

Our eyes are very skilled at seamlessly detecting these variations in color and adjusting our vision such that it usually goes unnoticed.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the sensor in your camera. Your camera’s sensor records the color of light as it sees it – that is unless you tell it otherwise.

For example, in the image above, the light is very “warm,” with a golden tone to it that’s common after sunrise and before sunset during Golden Hour.

Conversely, light during the middle of the day has a much cooler tone, with an almost blueish appearance and indoor tungsten lighting is very yellow.

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