Light Painting Tips for Landscapes
Here are the best light painting tips to start doing landscape paintings
The most crucial aspect of painting landscapes so that the painting looks authentic or realistic is to get the direction of light that consistently passes all the elements in the painting. Actually, this “rule” applies to all the subjects that we paint, except for those who are surrealist maybe.
When our paintings are in the composition stage, we must decide which direction the light will come because it will also affect the aspects of shadow, contrast and color. What we will do to get the light effect we want is to wait for the right time where the sun shines as we want.
But of course this is not a practical thing, even though there is nothing wrong with it.
To understand the direction of light, there are five aspects that can be considered and the options to outsmart it:
1. Side or Low Lighting
Side or low lighting is lighting where light befalls on an object from one side only. Naturally, this lighting occurs at dawn or at sunset, and produces longitudinal shadows. To outsmart it is simple. Simply place the lights either on the left or right side of the object.
2. Rear Lighting
Rear lighting is where light is directly behind the object. Lighting like this tends to create a black silhouette of the object. By changing the position of the object relatively, it is most likely to change the lighting from the back side to the side.
3. Top lighting
Top lighting, as its name indicates, is when light hits an object from above. Naturally, upper lighting occurs around noon. The shadow will be much smaller and just below the object. What is done in outsmarting is of course putting lights right on top of our object.
4. Front Lighting
Front lighting is where the sun shines directly in front of an object. This can eliminate clear details, make objects look even and create a stiff contrast between light and shade. By changing the position of the object relatively, it is also likely to change the lighting from the front to the side.
5. Light Source That Blends Or Cloudy
Blending light occurs when the light is blocked, softens shadows and colors and eliminates stiff contrast. Naturally, this occurs on cloudy days, where sunlight is covered by clouds (or urban pollution or smoke from forest fires).
Of course, these five aspects are simple descriptions of the direction of light, because in the field it can occur even more complex. What we must consider when outsmarting creating artificial lighting is the use of the lights effectively and carefully. Also use paper to create a cloudy effect or block light.
Get used to doing various sketches to get the right lighting as really desired. Note the color of the object when placed in different angles and lighting, because it can affect the appearance of the object as a whole.
This simple knowledge can be used to utilize lighting consistently and effectively when painting. Even still relevant, even though we paint based on imagination.
Most importantly, by understanding lighting, we will also understand how light changes when deciding to draw landscape paintings.