Photography tip: available light portraits – finding that sweet spot

photography tip: available light portraits – finding that sweet spot

Photography tip: available light portraits - that sweet spot of light

A regular theme on Tangents, is using interesting found light sources while shooting portraits on location. For example: using sunlight reflected off a traffic sign. With this straight-forward portrait of Irene, a photographer friend in New York, I want to show a neat little trick here - helping  Read more inside...

using interesting available light & white balance options

finding interesting available light & white balance options

It's always a feel-good moment to discover interesting available light while out on a photo shoot. Something unusual to add a new flavor to a different sequence of images. While photographing a model with Tilo Gockel and Mike Silberreis (both from Germany on a visit to NYC), we started off with  Read more inside...

available light portraits – composition, light and style

available light portraits - composition and light

Over time I noticed that my style in photographing portraits have gravitated to a specific look where everything is quite simplified - the lighting, the background and the framing of the shot. Whether I use the available light, or video light, or off-camera flash, or even on-camera bounce flash, there's a certain  Read more inside...

a favorite image – before & after (model: Anelisa)

a favorite image - before & after (and the how to)

There's something about this photograph that I really like ... aside from Anelisa being one of my favorite models. It is slightly surreal with Anelisa's apparent levitation. The dress and hat is reminiscent of a 1950's Fashion, and Anelisa's mid-air pose is also reminiscent of Philippe Halsman's iconic jumping  Read more inside...

available light photography: posing into the light

available light photography: direction of light / posing into the light

A topic that I've given more and more attention to here on Tangents, is available light photography - but specifically the idea that in using available light, it isn't just a random way of taking photos, but that consideration has to be given to the direction of light. When you work with someone  Read more inside...

photography technique – taking photos in hard sunlight

taking photos in hard sunlight

Taking photographs of people in hard sunlight will always be one of the more daunting lighting situations we can find ourselves in. Without additional lighting, or the use of scrims, we have a few basic ways of dealing with the harsh sun: - pose our subject into the light, - pose our subject with their back to the sun, or - just suck  Read more inside...

photographing in bright sunlight – find the shade!

photographing in bright sunlight - find the shade!

Hard sunlight must be one of the most difficult lighting scenarios to work under. But with a bit of thought, we can work around it and still easily get photos that look great. It's a topic that we've touched on a number of times on the Tangents blog, (see related articles at the end here). Where I can though,  Read more inside...

bridal portrait – working with the available light

bridal portrait - working with the available light

This striking portrait is of Rachel, a bride whose wedding I photographed yesterday. Yes, a Tuesday wedding! The prep was at a hotel on the Jersey shore, and when Rachel was ready, I wanted to shoot a few straight-forward portraits there in the hotel. There was a lot of light in the hotel room itself, but the decor  Read more inside...

even with high ISO settings, you still need great light

even with high ISO settings, you still need great light

Still having fun with the new Canon 5D Mark III (vendor), I met up with Elmira again in New York. Elmira is the model I used in my initial tests of the Canon 5D Mark III high-ISO performance. Being a delightful model to work with, I decided to use her again as a subject. New York was cold on this day, so  Read more inside...

exposure metering – let your background blow out!

exposure metering - let your background blow out!

Too often there's the desire for us to bring the detail in our backgrounds back in by adding flash. But there are times when the image will be stronger if we just allow the background to completely blow out. It especially works in our favor if the background is cluttered, because then by letting the background  Read more inside...