Tools for Modifying Existing Light

Today’s post comes from the book Existing Light, Techniques for Wedding and Portrait Photography by Bill Hurter. The book is available from Amazon.com and other retailers. Reflectors. Reflectors are devices used to bounce light into the shadow areas of a subject. A wide variety of reflectors are commercially available, including the kind that are collapsible

Composition

Today’s post comes from the book Portrait Photographers Handook, 3rd Edition by Bill Hurter. It is available from Amazon.com and other retailers. Composition in portraiture is no more than proper subject placement within the frame. There are several schools of thought on proper subject placement, and no one school is the only answer. Several formulas

Seated Posing

Today’s post comes from the book Jeff Smith’s Posing Techniques for Location Portrait Photography by Jeff Smith. This book is available for Amazon.com and other fine retailers. Certain clients or situations call for a pose that is still relaxed but not on the ground. The decision to get the client up off the ground may

Lighting Different Facial Shapes

Today’s post comes from the book Sculpting with Light- Techniques for Portrait Photographers by Allison Earnest. This book is available from Amazon.com and other fine retailers. Butterfly Lighting. Rectangular faces can also be successfully lit using butterfly lighting. You may have noticed that traditional light ratios and light placement have not been used throughout the

Using Flash On Location

Today’s post is from the book Jeff Smith’s Lighting for Outdoor & Location Portrait Photography. This book is available from Amazon.com and other fine retailers. FLASH AS MAIN LIGHTFlash in an outdoor scene should only be used as a main light, not the fill light. Natural light is much too soft and delicate to try