Photography Lighting Experts Kihei HI

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Flash Back Photo Systems
(808) 891-8764
215 Piikea Avenue # 71
Kihei, HI
Hawaiian Romance
(808) 874-8675
159 Luakaha Circle
Kihei, HI
Flashback Photo Systems
(808) 879-0981
3850 Wailea Alanui Drive
Kihei, HI
Forever Mauied
(808) 871-4715
Po Box 2212
Kihei, HI
Lyle Jan
(808) 879-9192
Po Box 1156 Kihei 96753
Kihei, HI
John Souter - Minister
(800) 856-3270
304 Kaiolohia Street
Kihei, HI
Rocha Productions
(808) 891-8711
PO Box 1385
Kihei, HI
Longs Drug Stores - Lahaina Store- Photo Department
(808) 661-5439
1215 South Kihei Road
Kihei, HI
Image Station
(808) 874-8808
300 Ohukai Road Suite C203
Kihei, HI
Ritz Camera Centers
(808) 874-5007
The Shops At Wailea
Kihei, HI

Great Portrait Light!

Great Portrait Light! - 4/7/08

Let nature worry about your lighting so you can focus on making great shots

next Portraits are always a big challenge-even bigger if you're photographing kids. So why not simplify the distractions so you can concentrate your efforts on making great shots? Instead of worrying about lighting effects and flash exposures, just go outside at any time of day, any day of the year, and find some open shade.

It just so happens that open shade is one of the most flattering portrait lights, and it can be found almost anywhere. On sunny days, it's under tall trees or in open doorways, and on cloudy days, it's everywhere all the time. Open shade is an immensely soft, incredibly flattering light-making it great for portraits, and even better for making kids look like little angels. Because it's a broad, even light source, it's also perfect for photographers who need to move around-say, in case they're chasing energetic little angels all over the place.

Once you've found open shade, the hard part's finished. Look for a background that's not distracting and preferably pretty uniform. Bring along a large reflector (like white poster board or foamcore) and a spare set of hands to hold it. Use this fill card as the primary light source on the subject. On a sunny day, the open shade is probably two full stops brighter than the sunlight exposure; once you add the fill card, it's about one stop. Pick an exposure slightly over normal to soften skin tones even more, and err on the side of a wide-open aperture to minimize the depth of field. (I like to meter for the face before adding the fill card. This way, once the fill is in place, I'll be subtly overexposing the shot, further softening skin tones and making the light even more flattering.)

With this bright soft light and shallow depth of field, you'll be amazed at the quality of the photos that come from such simple lighting. Even better, you'll be free to concentrate on interacting with your subjects-always a great step toward great photographs, particularly if you're working with kids.

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