6. Artificial light

Aims: To be aware of the special properties of artificial light sources in order to achieve successful exposures and colour balance.

To use photographic lighting, controlling light to create particular effects.

Available light

Project 51: tungsten lights

Project 52: tungsten balance

Project 53: fluorescent lights

Project 54: outdoors at night

Photographic lighting

Project 55: light intensity

Project 56: softening the light

Project 57: the lighting angle

Project 58: contrast and shadow fill

Project 59: concentrating light

Project 60: shiny surfaces

Project 61: making the best use of built-in flash

Assignment 4: applying lighting techniques


Before now artificial light had always been my nemesis. When I have been asked to photograph various events they tend to be at night in poorly lit function rooms. My images would often be dark and have a yellowish tinge. Having completed the previous parts of this course I understand that having a wider aperture will help, but this is not always possible unless you get a big money lens! Also a slower shutter speed will allow more light into the camera to compensate for low lighting, but with the trade-off of risking blurred images of moving subjects. Therefore I’m looking forward to this section so that I can better understand how to use artificial light to my advantage.

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