Do you prefer natural light over studio light? Peter McKinnon does, and in his latest tutorial, he shows a simple way to make your own “natural light” when you don’t have enough of the real one. And not only is it simple, but you can make this setup for about $80, maybe even less. If you shoot and/or live in a place with little natural light, this setup is a lifesaver.
Shooting outside in bright sunlight scares many photographers. I always see people saying to not go out and shoot portraits when the sun’s high in the sky. To wait until golden hour and shoot in the sunset, or only go out on a cloudy day.
Well, I think that’s nonsense. There’s so much you can do with bright contrasty sunlight. In this video from Shutterbug Magazine, photographer James Patrick shows us five great tips for working with it.
A lot of the time when we look at a well executed image we think about how it was lit. And a lot of times, the strobes and softboxes and other light modifiers photographers use have a huge impact on the final photo.
But sometimes having a good natural light source and a good understanding of light is all you need.
I saw this photograph by photographer Maxim Guselnikov and was surprised to learn it was all natural light.
Maxim told DIYP how the photo was made:
If you’re a wedding photographer, you’re probably used to walking into the bride’s house / bridal suite / hotel room, taking a quick glance around and then thinking….right…so how can I possibly work with this space…
Well, in this post I want to share the details of the most amazingly photogenic living room ever – and my process for photographing the bride and bride’s maids preparing.
This past weekend I had the extreme pleasure* of attending my daughter’s second (she and I agree last) dance recital.
In what can only be described as a three and a half hour long gong show featuring 56 acts – non stop – it was still an important accomplishment for her, so of course it was up to me to at least snap a few obligatory family photos.
It turned into to interesting lesson on natural light photography and photographing kids that I thought I’d share.
The world would be a more cheerful place if there were more people like Kelly Lewis. By her own admission, Kelly was never much of a baby person–it was just something that didn’t interest her the way baby fever seems to grip others. So, instead of changing diapers and tending to the delicate needs of a newborn, Kelly worked on growing her career as a creative portrait photographer and enjoying time spent with her husband. [Read more…]
Since it’s the winter that won’t end, I though I’d share a few tips for how to photography three indoor window light portrait styles in the comfort of your own home using any camera.
I’m always amazed by how great window light can look and how easy it is to get completely different looks from such a simple light source – and the best part is that you can stay warm indoors too!
One of my favorite locations for photography sessions is the beach in front of our family cottage. Its a location that I use quite often for everything from family photos to commercial photography gigs.
The reason that it makes such a great photography location is because (besides being accessible) it has a little of everything: interesting texture, rugged wilderness, water and waves, ice and snow, sunshine, moody rain and fog, unobstructed star fields and everything in between.
But even with a great location, light trumps location in photography every time – and sometimes you have to break the rules!
When it comes to lighting, a good quality light is almost always better than just having more light. Yet, when presented with a room in which an entire wall is made of windows, many photographers still choose to open the curtains all the way to flood the scene with light. Not that it always makes a bad photo, but there’s a lot to be said for pulling the drapes shut a ways and enforcing a little more control on the light. In the quick video below, wedding photographer, Cliff Mautner, shows us how to do just that.
Mautner shoots a lot of weddings and has become an expert when it comes to transforming banquet rooms and wedding halls into beautifully lit spaces. In the tutorial piece below, he shows us how to prep a large space with a full wall of windows typical of a wedding staging area. He starts by grabbing an assistant and rearranging the furniture, lamps, and other things that may be found in the room. He then walks us through how to go about controlling all the bright sunlight pouring through the windows to capture the image you see above. [Read more…]
In order to celebrate the unholy amount of snow that just fell on my neighbors in Buffalo and Western New York (how does two meters or six feet of snow in November sound to ya?), I thought I’d share a few of the stories behind some of my favorite winter photos.
When it’s cold and snowy, it can be hard to find the motivation to pull your camera out, so hopefully the stories behind these photos might inspire a few winter photography moments. Because, winter is coming.