- AMBIENT/AVAILABLE LIGHT:
The light that is already present in a scene, before any additional
lighting is added. It usually refers to natural light, either outdoors
or coming through windows etc. It can also mean artificial lights
such as normal room lights.
- BEST TIME TO SHOOT PORTRAIT- 10:10am
- THE GOLDEN HOUR is when the light is at the best angle to capture that almost golden feel to the lighting. And these two times are both Sunrise & Sunset!
While best weather conditions are when it’s overcast and cloudy.
- WHITE REFLECTOR
• Casts a very soft, clean light at the model
• Neutral colour
• Most subtle of all the reflectors
• In low light, needs to be close to subject to have an effect
- GOLD REFLECTOR
• Warms up skin tones
• Strong light
• Good for sunset portraits
- SILVER REFLECTOR
• Good for low light situations as highly reflective
• Cool toned reflection
• Good for contrast
• Strongest of all reflectors
• Good for fashion and black and white photography
- BLACK SIDE
• Is an ‘anti-reflector’
• Absorbs light
• Used to subtract/block unwanted light
• Casts shadows
- TRANSLUCENT CENTRE
• Middle of the frame
• Used to soften sun’s light
• Goes between light source and subject
With lenses, the Prime lenses are better for a wider aperture. While the Zoom lenses are of course better at long distance shots.
Compression– When shooting with a wider angle, foreground objects will appear larger and closer to the camera, while background objects will appear smaller and further away from the camera. As the
focal length increases, the image “compresses” and the background objects appear closer and larger to the subject and foreground elements.
When taking photos of a person, make sure they are comfortable with where they are and with what is happening. Of course, show them some examples of what you want them to do. And do as much pre-planning as possible! Then when it comes to actually doing the shoot itself, an assistant is without a doubt crucial.
- When it comes to the portrait image itself, remember to consider-
- Tone of Image
- Camera settings
- Composition & Framing
- Depth of Field