What is the Ambient Light in your Studio?

Jane Gardner
5 min readJun 4, 2022
Photo by Harry Cunningham on Unsplash

What is the quality of light in your studio?

This is jane gardner and welcome to

step in front of the camera series.

Today, we’re going to be talking about ambient light. So what is ambient light? Well, it’s basically all the light that fills your room when you don’t have any lights on.

Now, I do have lights on because you wouldn’t be able to see me at all, but I just want to show you. Um I don’t know if I’ll show you the difference. Well, I guess I will, I guess I could, I don’t like to have close ups when I moved close to the camera.

But anyway, um you may not notice difference between ambient light and the light that’s directly from your lamps and lights, but um, you can actually see quite a bit of ambient light. And so, you know, it’s always present in your room now right now, it’s sunny in uh, down here in the basement with the windows.

It’s just coming in and the cats are enjoying it. And that’s why I’ve got some light on one side of my face and shadows on the other. Well, once the clouds cover over the sun, I’m sure I won’t have any light on either side of my face. So even if you switch off all the lights, um my cameras is webcam is so good that there’s ambient light in this room, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to get out of it in the dark.

But the chances are you can find a way how to figure out what is ambient light that’s coming into the room and of course probably block it because as I mentioned before your ambient light, it could vary during the day. And it it it would change. And so the sunlight for sure will change obviously between one and reflect off different sources in your room.

So I have some white umbrellas for my lights and that’s reflecting some of the light. So it could also be from external light source. Now, I have some fluorescent lights here in the room and you could get also street light light coming in, certainly in the evening, that contributes to your ambient light.

Jane Gardner

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