In yesterday’s post, I talked about making “hyper-real” images by using light coming from unexpected directions.
Today, another reason to use artificial light in photos: because the available light is too contrasty.
Here’s a picture of a model last Sunday in available light in the forest. Horrible contrast: pretty girl and great model, but not a picture I would use:
No, that just will not do.
Instead, let’s use a strobe in a softbox, and a gridded light as hairlight. Now we get:
You can easily see how much nicer that is. The soft strobe light overpowers the sun, and removes the harshness and the contrasty nature of the available light. It also allows me to decrease the exposure of the background.
So next time you see a photographer lugging light stands and batteries and cables and such, you know why.