Understanding Light: A Series of Tutorials

Understanding Light: A Series of Tutorials


Over in the forum area of dPS we have an area called ‘Tutorials‘ where members submit their own tips and tutorials for the community.

In recent weeks a wonderful series of articles on the topic of Light has been published by one of our wonderful members – Richard Taylor.


Rather than republish the tutorials here on the blog I would strongly urge you to check out what Richard is producing. So far he’s up to 5 parts (there could be more to come). Check them out at:

UPDATE: Richard has been hard at work and has added more to this series:

A BIG thanks to Richard Taylor for posting these (and many other) great tutorials. Check out more of his work on his Flickr Stream and on 500px.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • PaulB January 14, 2012 06:34 am

    Thanks for these, so much valuable information on here!!!

  • Richard Taylor January 10, 2012 08:26 am


    @ Laurie.
    I totally agree.

  • Anotherphotographynoob January 9, 2012 08:13 am

    I love light and i totally dig your tutorial!
    Great work, Keep it coming


  • Laurie January 8, 2012 09:53 pm

    Studying light is such a critical aspect of photography! It doesn't matter what sort of photos you take, without understanding light you are just taking pot shots. I make a point of trying to actually do different thing with lighting on a regular basis. Get some strobes, and go to all sorts of different events/locations and start shooting, tutorials are great, but the best teacher has always been to get out and get some real experience

  • Woody January 8, 2012 07:11 pm

    There's no doubt Richard is a valuable and worthwhile member of DPS. I thoroughly enjoy his tutorials and he has my utmost respect for his opinions and views.

    Thanks Mate,

    John W.

  • Richard Taylor January 8, 2012 12:06 pm

    Thanks very much for the nice words. I enjoy doing them and also learn something myself.

  • Scottc January 8, 2012 09:13 am

    And some great example photos to boot, nice series of tutorials.


  • Erik Kerstenbeck January 8, 2012 03:43 am


    I love reading these tutorials! So informative! One way of playing with light is using some strobes. They dont need to be fancy or expensive, but usually need radio triggers. Those dont have to be Pocket Wizards either - look at Radio Poppers or the like. If you dont have strobes, use continuous lighting - it is amazing what you can find at your local Hardware Store...just make sure you shoot RAW so you can adjust White Balance later if you have a mix of light temperatures.

    Here I was going for dramatic lighting - a behind the scenes shot shows the setup completely!


  • raghavendra January 8, 2012 03:17 am

    as the tutorial consists of posts related to light
    and how the light is given respect to all places


  • Mridula January 8, 2012 03:04 am

    I read part one and really liked it. Here is one of mine at the time of sunset.


  • Tianyu January 8, 2012 02:42 am

    At the bottom of his second tutorial, he has posted 4 more tutorials.