How to Photograph People using Direct Sunlight

How to use direct sunlight to make your portrait photographs beautiful. Ambient light, studio light, available light and the most important light of all, star light. That gigantic mass of hydrogen and helium we call the sun that produces 386 billion billion ( not a typo ) mega-Watts of energy, that is created by so many nuclear fusion reactions per second that we don't have a number big enough to count them all, which is awesome when you want to use a really low ISO setting on your digital camera. Using direct sunlight…Read more …

Ambient High-key Beauty Lighting

How to do ambient high-key beauty lighting using only one light source. The most beautiful light is often the simplest, coming only from a single light source. In this beauty photograph of Emma that light source was a large bay window that was behind her, and the light was simple indirect ambient sunlight being channelled though the window. Ambient high-key beauty lighting is quite easy to do in a close-up beauty photograph like this, or for a portrait photograph. The most beautiful light is often the simplest, coming only from a single light…Read more …

Incident-light meters, what are they, do you need one, and how to use them.

How to use hand-held incident-light meters with electronic studio flash and in mixed lighting situations. Which photographers need them and why. Incident-light meters and electronic flash go together like peanut butter and chocolate, not as gooey, but it can be just as tasty. They are not as common place as they use to be, but are still used regularly by professional studio photographers using electronic flash equipment. With the popularity of digital cameras their use has declined for field work and are rarely seen outside of the studio. I believe this to be…Read more …

How to use ambient sunlight when photographing people.

Understanding and using ambient sunlight. Indirect sunlight can also be called available light, or ambient light. The source is of course the sun , just not directly. Instead it is light that is bouncing around on earth or from the open sky. There is artificial ambient light, but that is another topic. Learning to use ambient sunlight properly is one of the most rewarding and useful skills you can develop as a photographer. It is a much more subtle skill than you may imagine. I first learnt how subtle it was when I…Read more …