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Art Wolfe: All About Light


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Art Wolfe: All About Light
Renowned, outdoor photographer, Art Wolfe, talks about the qualities of light and its affect on composition. In this 74 minute webinar, Wolfe discusses - with plenty of breath taking examples - the different kind of natural lighting he looks for when in the field. Wolfe emphasizes the ephemeral and every changing quality of the natural world.

Webinar at a Glance
Front lighting, where the light source comes over the shoulder of the photographer and illuminates the subject head on. In the back lighting situation, Wolfe stresses the importance of exposing as if the subject is front lit to allow for some details; while in a silhouettes situation to underexposed, loosing the details in shadow. Wolfe also covers unpredictable natural spot lighting that tends to happen serendipitously. How, through the use of side lighting the photographer can give depth, texture and dimension. In situations where he finds himself in bright noontime daylight, Wolfe looks for reflective light; or during dusk using reflected ambient light from candles and or fires to light the human subjects. Chiaroscuro lighting - an Art Wolfe term - that cast light/dark/light/dark across a landscape, usually caused by clouds on the horizon casting shadows giving depth to the composition. Wolfe finished his discussion with diffused lighting that he uses to enhance details on complex subjects.

Set aside sometime to watch Art Wolfe's webinar on light and photography. It is well worth it to hear the expert on using light in the field.
Art Wolfe Website
'Over the course of his 30-year career, photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. His stunning images interpret and record the world's fast-disappearing wilflife, landscapes and native cultures, and are a lasting inspiration to those who seek to preserve them all. Wolfe's photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition and perspective.'

Travels to The Edge with Art Wolfe
'Revel in the beauty of awe-inspiring landscapes and the unique animals and people that inhabit them through an artist's lens in Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe—a 13-episode series airing nationwide on your local public television station. Art Wolfe, an internationally acclaimed photographer, invites you to experience the world with him as he travels and photographs Patagonia, Peru, Bolivia, Alaska, Ethiopia, Madagascar, India and South Georgia Island. Watch in HD (high definition) as Art captures images of majestic glaciers, expansive deserts, teeming rainforests, remote mountain peaks, and exotic tribal gatherings right on location. During these journeys, Art shares his knowledge about the world around him and moves you with his curiosity and enthusiasm for places, cultures, and creatures great and small. He teaches you professional photographic techniques in such an intimate manner that you feel as if you're right there with him getting a personal photography lesson.'


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