Light diffusers are some of the most important pieces of equipment that you’ll find in a photo studio. Photography is all about light, this should come as no surprise, but it’s still an important point. A camera is a tool that records precise lighting conditions at a very specific time. The more accurate a camera is at recording light, the more expensive the camera. Producing optimal lighting conditions for a camera to capture a specific kind of image is what studio lighting is all about.
The issue with using direct light is that sometimes it can be too intense or cause glare on a subject, that’s where the light diffuser comes in. Light diffusers take direct light sources and scatter them so that they are softer on a subject. Having control over your light sources means that you have control over your images.
This blog will provide you with a few tips to make the use of light diffusers easier and more practical. By the time you’re done reading you should have a better understanding of when and how to use a diffuser to add the most benefit to the pictures that you’re taking.
When do you need to use a light diffuser?
Diffusers are used in pretty much every type of photo shoot. Light diffusers are even used outdoors where the sun is the primary source of light. Diffusers are so necessary that you are most certainly hurting the quality of your pictures by not using them on a shoot.
While it’s obvious that using light diffusers can seriously help your photo production they can be a pain to handle and store. Unfortunately, simply having a diffuser at your photoshoot isn’t going to do you much good if you don’t know how to use it well. A diffuser is a tool and the better you learn to use it the more you’ll be able to do in the studio.
4 tips for using diffusers more creatively
Bouncing the light: The simplest way to improve how you use a diffuser is to try and point it at the wall or the ceiling. Depending on if you’re using a flash diffuser or a constant light diffuser will affect how this technique should be employed. You should experiment with how different lighting angles affect how your model is being lit. When you bounce a direct light it has a natural diffusing effect, but it can still add glare to your subject. When you bounce a diffused light you’re ensuring that the light will be even and natural looking.
Diffusing natural light sources: Shooting outside has a host of different issues when it comes to light. It might seem strange at first, but you should treat the sun the same way you would treat a studio light. Using diffusers on direct sunlight can take an outdoor photo from washed out to out of this world in seconds.
Change your diffuser density: You can drastically change the effect that a diffuser has by changing the density of the diffuser membrane. When you play with the intensity of the light source and the density of the diffuser you can get some pretty interesting results.
Add a reflector: Reflectors are a great way to direct available light to areas where it can do you some good. When you combine a reflector with a diffuser you can fully light your subject while still being able to control the light. Having these tools readily available will give you the options and versatility to remain adaptable during a photoshoot.
Controlling light is one of the most important aspects of professional photography. Light diffusers are an effective way to take intense direct light and make it useable in photography. Whenever you rent a studio, make sure that you either have access to their diffuser equipment or bring your own before you actually show up.
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