8. Sunlight changes throughout the day.
The position of the sun changes
constantly with the hour.
Remember the sun's direction and elevation when
a. If the area is relatively small it is possible to supplement sunlight,
picking out certain detail, creating patterns of light and shade.
(1) For many outside shots, there is no way to change the natural
You may have to change camera viewpoint or shoot from
another location offering better lighting angles.
(2) If it is bright and the area is large, supplementary lighting may be
ineffectual. The large daytime areas will swallow up even larger lights. On a
bright day, in larger areas, it is difficult to fill in the daytime shadows.
(3) For closer shots, tungsten halogen lamps may be used as shadow
fillers. However, a high power light source requires adequate power.
(4) A scrim (a gauze or mesh panel diffuser) may soften or reduce
excessive sunlight (fig 4-15).
(5) Strong frontal sunlight behind the camera has a generally flat, hard
effect and may be used if that effect is sought.
Colors on the subject may
appear coarsely saturated.
9. Portable lighting.
A portable light can be used either indoors or
outdoors. If there is no AC power for hookup then a generator or batteries can
a suitcase-packed kit. It is excellent for use on small location