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Controlling Natural Light

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 03:56PM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in , | Comments4 Comments | References1 Reference

Today I want to just give a little hint on a way to control the direction of the natural light on a subject. This image is 100% natural light bouncing off buildings etc. something I talk a lot about in my classes. Like most images you can read the light in the eyes and reflections on the skin. Example, if you look to the left on his face you can see the sun hitting a warm building next to him.

The image is from a Workshop I did in Cuba for a group of European Photographers. I was standing talking to this man and my Spanish is close to zero, but if I wanted him to turn his face to the left or right, all I had to to do was to take a step to the side and his eyes and face would follow. Also having so little depth of field let's me not have to worry too much about what was happening where in the background. Very often what we can do while photographing people is move ourselves instead of telling them to, happy shooting :-)

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Great tip! I often like to move around to change what is in the background but rarely think to move myself to take advantage of the reflected light. One of these days I'll just "see" the light :)

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Hall

Kenneth... You are the master of lighting! You amaze me with your incredible knowledge of light, and your creative ways to achieve good lighting. I need to come by and visit! I miss chatting with you! stunning example of using your surrounds to find good light!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshlee Raubach

Thank you for opening up ideas for me. Now I need to get out and try!

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaja Malouf

wowwww esta foto es como si fuera real la persona,
me encantó !!!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Teresa

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