A wise photographer recently told me that a great model makes pedestrian lighting look expert. Sage advise, for sure. But I also would contend that the reverse is true: Simple and effective lighting techniques can make a plain subject look great.
Whenever I’m at a football game, rock concert or any other event where thousands of people have gathered for the express purpose of watching a performance on a stage, court or field, I’m struck by one recurring thought: none of those pictures will turn out.
Don’t rely on the school photographer. Do it yourself!
Bad news, kids: it’s back-to-school time. But there’s good news for parents who are photographically inclined. Instead of suffering at the mercy of the school photographer this year, why not make your own back-to-school portraits?
Bounce your flash, bounce your flash, bounce your flash. You can’t turn around without someone telling you that the best way to modify an otherwise boring and harsh on-camera hot-shoe-mounted flash is to bounce it. I’m not complaining; the advice isn’t bad. In fact, it’s great.
Break the rules for dynamic and flattering portraits
I know what the rules say, but I don’t always like to follow them. I will grudgingly admit that it’s true: generally speaking, rules that protect you from blurry pictures are helpful. But sometimes, making your pictures intentionally blurry can actually be a bonus.
Browsing around the Internet it’s easy to get the impression that the only way to make a great portrait is to use a multi-dimensional uber-difficult lighting scenario. Whether it’s natural light or strobe, you may have the impression that if you don’t go big you might as well go home.
Independence Day is right around the corner, and that means picnics and parties across the country. It also means photographers from coast to coast will be heading out after dark with one thing in mind—shooting fireworks. Armed with a few key tips, fireworks photography can be a blast.