18 April 2013

Portrait Tip No 2 - Using available light

Its really worthwhile investing your time searching for interesting locations and great light before you shoot.  Not only will time spent researching and planning will save computer time but you're more likely to get a more creative image.

Looking for locations and lighting is best done without your subject otherwise you are likely to be distracted (and you may bore your subject half to dearth!)

In this shot I had noticed a disused restaurant while out walking. I contacted the caretaker of the building who in turn contacted the owner in the UK for permission to use. The electricity had been disconnected so I had to use available light anyway. The interesting thing is that the passage where this shot was taken was not visible from the street. I only discovered it after entering the building. I opened up the kitchen and toilet doors to let the late afternoon light filter into the passage.

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.
George Eastman (founder of Kodak)

The Fremantle International Portrait Prize offers AU$5000 cash first prize. Entries open on 8 May 2013.
(model: Pamela Jackson Pettit)

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