Archive for 2010
The use of artificial lighting allows for more flexibility as a photographer. Although natural lighting is undeniably beautiful, it ultimately limits your control over the background. For instance, when I’m shooting indoors, a subject might have alighted upon the perfect position in the room for the window light to beautifully illumine the cheekbone and clavicle. A perfect shot, right? Not so fast. At the same time, that subject could very well be standing in front of a door bearing a garish ‘Exit’ sign overhead! A prime example of optimal natural light, but a less than ideal background.By employing artificial light when on a shoot, I can expose directional light onto a subject–no matter where she or he might be in the room. This allows me to pick the best location for the quality of composition, while consistently maintaining optimal quality of light. You, too, can have optimal lighting and an optimal background, without being constrained by location or time of day. Please send me a link to any images you would like to share where you were able to achieve gorgeous lighting and a fantastic background due to artificial light.
Check out the latest PDN/National Geographic World in Focus Competition to see my winning image and some great photography!
I am excited to announce the winner of my second reader-gift giveaway, an Apple Pro Training Series book that covers the ins and outs of Apple’s flagship photo editing application, Aperture 3. It was easy to enter the drawing–I asked readers simply to leave a comment sharing what camera they use. Responses ranged the gamut from Nikon D700 to Canon 40D–there was even an iPhone thrown into the mix! I think everybody had a good time connecting with one another and learning what cameras their peers are using. Thank you to everybody who joined in the fun. Are you the winner? In the following two-minute video, my Studio Manager announces who was selected for this reader gift.
I will be offering more reader gifts in the coming months, so there’s further opportunity to connect with other photographers for the chance to win some goodies. Have a great week!
Aperture 3 is a powerful, indispensable tool for photographers who want to take their body of work to the next level. From its hyper-precision retouching to its advanced face-recognition archiving system, Aperture 3 is Apple’s flagship photo editing application. While Aperture might be for everybody from fashion to sports photographers, its use isn’t exactly intuitive. That’s where this Apple Pro Training Series book comes in handy. I am excited to announce that next Monday, August 23 I’m giving away this fantastic publication to–well–you!It’s a cinch. Just leave a comment below, telling me what make and model of camera you use. Can’t get enough of your Canon? Think your Nikon is nifty? Let me know! I’m curious to learn what makes you tick…and even more excited to share this Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 3 gift with you!