Today we have a guest article from David Chesterfield. David is a light specialist. His amazing light orbs, steel wool photography, light painting, astrophotography, and water drop photography is all out of this world.
It is definitely worthwhile following David on Instagram to see his visually stunning work.
Only recently I was introduced to the concept and practical applications of Low Level Landscape Lighting (LLLL for short). It was with a group of photographers on a light painting shoot. One of the attendees produced an LED video light to use it in some of the images.
What is Low Level Landscape Lighting?
LLLL is a technique often used by AstroLandscape photographers to light the foreground in their astro images.
At its most basic Low Level Landscape Lighting is the use of a gentle light source to provide detail into landscape features – detail that would otherwise be silhouetted against the night sky, or potentially not show up at all in the images.
As a light painter who has also played with a little astrophotography, I have often used a flashlight to illuminate the scenery. Either the background for my light painting images or foreground for astro images.
The downside of a flashlight is that it is hard to get even illumination across the image. This results in hot-spots and dark areas. By way of contrast, LLLL gives a lovely soft light, more evenly across the image or parts of the image you wish to illuminate.
You can clearly see the difference between the images above and below.
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So what sort of light do you need?
Any LED light source that throws a flood type beam will work. In the first image, we were using an Apature Amaran AL-H198.