Monday, April 25, 2011

Glowing Air: Volumetric Lighting

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One of my favorite lighting effects is volumetric lighting.  Normally, we see light only when it hits a solid surface or some liquids.  We usually don't see it in the atmosphere itself.  But when there's smoke, dust, fog, steam, water droplets, or other small particles in the air, light becomes visible.  This is the underlying principle for crepuscular rays (sunbeams).  It's also an effect often used by one of my absolute favorite photographers, Rarindra Prakarsa, and to me it looks pretty darn cool.

I met up with some fellow strobists from my local photography club over the weekend and practiced some strobist setup shots at a local park.  There was this spot where steam was coming out from some vents.  We used it as an opportunity to take some shots, and I liked the results.

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Anyway, here are a few more examples of volumetric lighting:




Got some more samples of volumetric lighting?  Pls. share them in the comments!  [ Readers from New York and the UK, I'm looking at you! :) ]