Every week James Robinson features an interview on his blog with a photographer that has caught his attention. And this week the privilege is mine – and you can read it here:
spotlight interview – photographer Neil van Niekerk.
And for no other reason than to spruce up this quickie post, here is one of my favorite images from a destination wedding I photographed in the Bahamas recently.
This web article was first posted in April ’06 on the DWF, as a tongue-in-cheek reaction – or caustic response then, if you will – against the numerous articles and seminars where we photographers are urged to just look for the light.
What triggered me to write this article in the first place, was that there seems to be a trend where use of flash is disdained in favor of only using available light.
As if it is always that simple.
(This article was also published in the Sept ’06 issue of Rangefinder magazine.)
Finding the light …
I’ve been so inspired recently by the various photographers at seminars and magazine articles, telling everyone to just look for the light and to find the light.
So many photographers just use available light, and make the rest of us who aren’t blessed with perfect light like they have in la-la-land, feel so inadequate. It is our failing as photographers if we can’t find the light and use it properly.
I felt I had to rise up to this and push myself as a photographer, and just look for the light. It is there to be found! Inspired like that, I approached this very colorful Hindu ceremony (April 2006), with a fresh mindset …
The temple itself is beautiful and imposing from the outside, in a blocky New Jersey kinda way.
The late afternoon light was incredibly harsh, and I knew I had to do something here so that my portraits wouldn’t look like the few candids I had to shoot outside in the sun. So for the portraits, I moved the bride (and others) into the open shade between the pillars in the front. The strong vertical lines behind them helped to make the simple portraits more striking.
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photographing fireworks, using flash
Photographing people with fireworks in the background, is just an application of the technique known as dragging the shutter.
I had the couple in an area where there wasn’t much ambient light, so that I could light them mostly with flash. The strobe was a Quantum T2 with an umbrella, used in manual.
My flash exposure was determined in that I wanted the couple correctly exposed .. but my actual settings were dictated by my choices made in how I wanted the fireworks to register.
For my fireworks exposure, which is considered the same as ambient light,
I had to juggle the three controls again: shutter speed / aperture / ISO.
That particular photograph was 1 sec @ f6.7 @ 400 ISO
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