Entries in Perspective (18)
As photographers we need to learn to master ANY lighting circumstance. Here is an example of direct sunlight in the afternoon (3:25pm). I put the model with the sun hitting her at the angle I wanted, then put a diffusion screen to soften the light LOTS between her and the sun. I made sure I had a background that was in the shade to keep her brighter than my background. Next I added a reflector for some more punch in the highlight + one to back lighting her thus creating more depth and dimension. The background being in shade also gives it a colder color temperature (bluer) which creates the feeling of more distance. The picture is photographed at 180mm. f4.6 This is one more sample from my Photographing People Part 1 class (all levels). The International School of Photography. (www.intSOP.com)
Leading lines are a very powerful tool to help draw the attention to the most important part of your subject. Look at the railroad tracks, which very easily could be disturbing, how they lead you straight to the subject; so do the mountains, ground, her arm, the power polls....leading lines are almost like arrows pointing– saying look HERE !
Congratulations to Emily and Nate on their upcoming wedding! We had a blast shooting your engagement photos. Great choice for your announcement photo. Now some technical info for all you photographers: being a modern and hip couple, we chose to shoot this picture blue using the tungsten setting on our Canon EOS 1D Mark III. The couple is sitting inside cement pipes. One of the challenges was bright light coming in between the cracks by their heads. We solved that by covering the crack with a blanket. Then we reflected a flat but flattering style of light by using a silver Photoflex reflector. To acheive the blurred background we shot at f4.5 and made sure that Nate and Emily were parellel to keep them both in focus. The lenses are generally sharpest at one stop down from full opening thus the f4.5 choice. The lens we used was the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L-IS. This photo was shot at 85mm. P.S. Emily was a recent student at our three day wedding photo workshop (education at kennethlinge.com.), we had a blast! Thanks Emily.