A simple and impactful way to make a portrait is to position your subject next to a window and in front of a dark background. With the proper exposure, your subject's face will stand out starkly against the dark background with dramatic light coming in from the side. This is probably my favorite kind of portrait. But there's one key that will either make the portrait striking or bland. The Shady Nose The thing that makes the picture look dramatic is the play of shadows and highlights across the face. See the highlight on the edge of the … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: Dramatic Light Made Simple
I often spend a lot of time at a wedding wrestling with light. Different sources, color temperatures, intensities are all over. Often, I find I like to shoot into the light to create a dreamy, open, bright feeling to my images because those are all qualities that typically go along with weddings. However, sometimes, I find myself in a spot that just needs more oompf, more drama. When that happens, I shoot with the light, not into it, not perpendicular to it. I point my lens in the direction the light is falling, spot meter for my highlights, … [Read more...] about Want Drama? Shoot With The Light
When you're shooting pro athletes, don't expect to get a lot of time. You can either panic or embrace it. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in the midst of a Super Bowl run when ESPN the Magazine sent me to photograph defensive end Simeon Rice. With only a half hour to do so, my job was to come away with as much variety as I could in the time I had to make my editor happy. While you can walk in with a high-speed motor drive and machine gun the hell out of the shoot, the best approach is often to do just the opposite. We kept things very simple, … [Read more...] about Shoot Less. Think More.