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Fergus Video Productions
(580) 355-0882
1303 West Gore Boulevard Suite 5
Lawton, OK
 
CVS Pharmacy
(580) 353-1940
1016 Southwest Lee Boulevard
Lawton, OK
 
Olan Mills Portrait Studios
(580) 354-0438
1050 Northwest 38th Street
Lawton, OK
 
Comanche County Motor License Tag Agency
(580) 355-3810
902 Southwest 38th Street
Lawton, OK
 
Tim''s Photography
(580) 357-3587
1803 Northwest Smith Avenue
Lawton, OK
 
Sears Portrait Studio
(580) 581-6690
1 Central Mall
Lawton, OK
 
Cook''s Studio
(580) 353-3200
1749 Northwest Ferris Avenue
Lawton, OK
 
Walgreen Drug Stores - Store Information
(580) 353-4362
701 Northwest Sheridan Road
Lawton, OK
 
Gill''s Custom Framing & Photography
(580) 355-3303
415 Southwest Centre Avenue
Lawton, OK
 
Steve Miller Photography
(580) 353-3682
1305 Northwest Irwin Avenue
Lawton, OK
 

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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