Apr 07, 2011 — 3 comments
This type of lighting setup might not work in more cramped spaces, but the idea of using broad, even light can be modified to work in smaller homes or studios. It’s an especially useful technique for photographing children and pets who are prone to moving about during portrait sessions.
Lightning photography is self-explanatory: photographing lightning. Because lightning is a very unpredictable force of nature, the actual process of photographing lightning presents unique challenges to photographers. It is, however, possible to be an outstanding lightning photographer if you are equipped with the necessary skills.
o get all the dynamics he was looking for in the photograph, Glass used composite photography. Composite photography is a technique that combines multiple photographs, taking certain elements from each image and layering them into one. To be able to do this, it is important that the camera completely still throughout the shoot.
Golden hour is the time of day that occurs just before sunrise and sunset. At these hours, the sun is at such an angle with the earth that it produces a soft, glowing, golden light. It is generally regarded as the ideal time to photograph outdoors.
Oregon is well-known for its lush vegetation, its mountains, and its generally mild (if not overly rainy) weather and temperatures. But “the Beaver State” is actually one of the most geographically diverse regions of the United States. Western Oregon boasts a west coast marine climate, while Central to Eastern Oregon consists of a semi-arid climate, complete with deserts.
Riis worked directly with Leung to photograph the chef’s unique and improvised cuisine. His goal was to make the shots a little more abstract, since Leung doesn’t use a lot of ingredients. Riis keeps the shots simple, without props like forks or unnecessary dishes, to create truly stunning and crisp images.
One of the trickiest parts of photographing the different hockey jerseys was ensuring that the lighting remained consistent throughout the shoot. Since each of the jerseys was a different color and design, the task proved to be rather difficult. Here is a lighting diagram of the setup Levin worked out and used for the series:
The black background also presents its own set of challenges, since every edge and contour of the bottle must be defined well enough to stand out from it. Grimm has a light reflecting softly off of the background itself to make it “glow,” as well as a light specifically aimed to glint off the cap of the bottle.
There is a wide variety of imagery in this book, 50 to be exact shot both indoors and out, ranging from lifestyle, to beauty, to sports, to fashion, to portraits, to commercial work, so all photographers can benefit from the demonstrated techniques. Anyone looking to make the move from amateur to professional will find this an invaluable resource.
If you’ve ever tried to use a flash while still making use of practical light sources (e.g. lamps, sunlight, etc.), you probably know how frustrating it can be to get the exposure just right. Unless you know how to adjust your camera settings and your strobes systematically, it can feel like a lot of guess work.
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