The Inverse Square Law of Light, Explained in the Simplest Way Possible

Let’s face it; we’re not scientists and the name of this law could frighten many of us. The reality is that this is a very basic concept with a very technical name: the inverse square law of light.

When it comes to lighting subjects, whether you’re a wedding photographer of a feature film cinematographer, the possibilities given to you are endless. Sometimes you don’t know how you want to photograph something just because you might not know whether you’re doing it in the best way possible. With so many different ways to light something, it’s pretty easy to start doubting yourself, and it happens to us all the time.

[Read more...]

Natural Light Photography – Not Just For Uncle Bob and Moms on Maternity Leave Any More

I will admit that I am a little snobby when it comes to anyone who proclaims to be a “natural light photographer”.  To me “natural light photographer” essentially equals “beginner that doesn’t know how to use light”.

However, with a little influence from a certain ruthless stock editor ;) some of my work has been evolving into a more natural and organic look, and I have to admit I am really starting to enjoy the simplicity!

cello photo classical music cellist practising cello beautiful female cellist jp danko toronto commercial photographer

In this article, I am going to describe how I used natural light to photograph this series of photos of a woman practicing the cello and discuss some of the characteristics of natural light photography.

[Read more...]