Category 1

Category 2

Category 3

Category 4

Category 5

Category 6

Benfield Blog

Get inspired

How Lighting Affects Pictures



The blog contains little bits of my life, my passions, and my work. I update it daily so there is always something new to come see.




Visit the Shop

Have you ever wondered how lighting affects pictures? By adjusting shutter speeds, apertures, and film speed, you can create dramatically different pictures of the same subject.

Here is an example to show you exactly what I mean. Take the scroll arrow on the comparison below and slide it back and forth. This is the exact same subject. I adjusted the composition to pull in the reflection in the dark image; however, everything else is the same in terms of composition. The reason these two images are so vastly different is that I understand how lighting affects pictures. I adjusted my shutter speed and ISO to capture the dark image. I used a fast shutter. On the bright show, I used a very slow shutter to allow a lot more light to register in the image. No flash was used in either of these images; however, I did use an off-camera light above the rings for the catch light. It’s important to note that even without the catch light you can create this effect as long as you know how lighting affects pictures.

luxury wedding rings in dark lightingluxury wedding rings in bright lighting

Understanding How Lighting Affects Pictures is crucial for any professional photographer. It’s even more important for any Fine Art Wedding Photographer and luxury wedding photographer, as different clients will have different needs and true professionals should be able to accommodate those needs.

I enjoy giving little lessons and tips like this. If you have something you want me to talk about, let me know in the comments section!

Talk to you soon,

Read the Comments +

Leave a Reply

published in:

READ          LATEST


The Blog Playlist

In The Mood For...

Luxe Weddings

Wedding Planning

Senior Portraits


For Fun

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” - Coco Chanel


Benfield difference

What sets Michelin Starred restaurants apart from others? What's the difference between an authentic Louis Vuitton piece and a knockoff? Like these iconic brands, Benfield Photography understands the importance of delivering world-class service with attention to the smallest details.

Real                   Galleries


follow me @dalebenfield

If you're into shopping small, interior design, great cocktails + mocktails, things I find funny + probably way too many videos of my daughters? You've come to the right place. 

Follow along what what I'm up to, and where I'm currently traveling

Let's get personal. This is where I let my guard down

Let's create the perfect mood board →