Lighting a portrait can be as simple or intricate as you want it to be. More often than not though, the concept of ‘less is more’ rings true.
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When I was getting started with photography, I knew that I had to learn how to light a subject indoors, but I couldn’t afford studio strobes – or even a hot shoe flash.
I ended up learning how to use artificial light by re-purposing a set of three 500 watt halogen work lights. They turned a room into a sauna, constantly blew fuses and occasionally melted down my DIY light mods, but they taught me how to visualize light.
So when I was putting together my second studio lighting class at Skillshare, I though that it would be fun to return to my roots and photograph a classic three light studio portrait using hardware store LED light bulbs.
In this article I will show you how its done.
I remember chatting with Benjamin Von Wong on Facebook one day, and him inviting me to this Facebook group that would involve his next adventure. Months later, this story came across my desk and I had to jump on it and made sure I got to share it with all of you! If you are unfamiliar with Von Wong’s work I suggest you take a look at his site after you read about this project. What happens when you take creative minds like Benjamin Von Wong and Kelly DeLay, plus a crew of talented storm chasers, photographers, and a community of friends and fans, and send them out into the midwestern United States into some very strong storms?
Come out of that storm cellar and take a look at the imagery and the story behind it!
Anna Bozman’s wedding to her longtime boyfriend, Travis Thompson, had been put on hold for years while Anna’s son Lake battled cancer.
Unfortunately Lake passed away in May, and last month the couple decided to finally get married knowing that’s what Lake would have wanted.
“The thing I dreaded most was taking the pictures. I was sad because he wasn’t going to be in the pictures and it’s like you feel guilty taking photos without him,” the new Mrs. Thompson told Fox 5.
Anna and her photographer friend, Brandy Angel, decided to Photoshop Lake into the family’s wedding portrait, creating this beautiful and heartbreaking photo.
Here’s a quick, yet powerful, tip on how to move a portrait from great to awesome fairly quickly. While this method is quick the results can be very impressive if done right. You would need a fire on black pattern like the Fire Pack from the texture store (either the commercial package, or the CC-BY license, but then you have to link every image to the store) , a copy of photoshop and of course, a portrait, preferably on black.
Photographer Amanda Chapman has been giving Halloween the proper treatment since 2012. The project called 31 Days Of Halloween started when Amanda’s husband was diagnosed with Cancer and Amanda was looking to give something positive for the family to focus at.
Her definition of “something positive to focus at” was 31 Days Of Halloween – a month where Amanda shot a different self portrait with full makeup as a character from one of her favorite stories.
When Sigma announced its 20mm f/1.4 Art lens a couple of days ago, among the excitement were calls for longer fast lenses as well.
While the release date is not yet known, ZY optics (aka Mitakon) is hard at work on its new 135mm f/1.4 Speedmaster full frame lens – the world’s fastest 135mm FF lens out there in today’s market.
I have always had a love/hate relationship with ring flashes. On the one hand they can produce wonderfully edgy and striking portraits, whilst on the other images can also look harsh and unforgiving, not to mention the inconsistency in exposure.
However I do love getting away from my trusted beauty dish or softboxes every now and again. As a solution I recently started experimenting with a ring flash alternative – the Interfit florescent ring light ($99).
The Interfit florescent ring light is a constant light source and as with a typical ring flash, creates a very unique lighting effect and ring-shaped catch-lights in the subject’s eyes. Interfit’s latest model is unconventional in that it is mounted via a 5/8 inch mount on a flexible arm, rather than on-camera. This allows greater freedom in angular camera positioning, making it possible to use the light in even more creative ways.
JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.
JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.