Contrasty light may cause you to go eek!
You've encountered contrasty light.
There are shadows.
The shadows are good for:
• Showing shape and texture.
• The visual appeal of light and dark.
• Adding drama, mystery, and so forth.
But, what if the shadows are detrimental to your photograph?
You can use fill flash.
The optimum solution is to use a scrim.
A scrim is simply white fabric stretched across a frame.
A scrim converts sunlight into the light found on overcast days or in the shade.
And, a scrim may also allow a little of the sparkle of the sun to be present as well.
If you've used a shoot-through umbrella, you've created a similar effect.
The umbrella is placed between the studio light and the subject.
Place the scrim between the sun and the subject.
If you're indoors, you can adjust for sparkle.
Place the light closer to the scrim for more pronounced specular highlights
Yes, scrims are a hassle.
The light is so pretty you may want to cope with the two hassles.
They're not cheap.
Wescott's Scrim Jim
However, if the appearance of the scrim isn't important, you can make one.
For example, stretch white rip-stop nylon on a hula hoop.
In the tutorial below, the writer uses a shower curtain and plastic plumbing pipe.
The following tutorial is for making scrim panels for use indoors.
You may be able to adapt the idea for outdoor use.
If color is critical, test the fabric to see how it changes the color of the light.
If you purchase translucent fabrics specifically made for scrims, you can choose the stop of he fabric.
A 1/4-stop fabric diffuses the light less than does one-stop fabric.
You'll need an assistant to hold a small scrim.
Or, a stand with sand bags to keep it from blowing over.
James Broome uses a scrim when photographing members of sports teams.
Stephen Dantzig photographs a model with as scrim and various reflectors.
Matt Wright uses scrims for photographing food.
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