Photography Lighting Experts Madisonville KY

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Image House
(270) 821-0505
18 North Main Street
Madisonville, KY
Webb''s Studio
(270) 821-3886
147 North Main Street
Madisonville, KY
C V S/ Pharmacy
(270) 667-2186
Us Hwy 41-a
Providence, KY
Portraits by Dean
(270) 338-2551
4658 USHighway 62 West
Greenville, KY
Creative Designs Photography
(270) 821-0906
3925 Tucker Schoolhouse R
Hanson, KY
Sam''s Studio-One Hour Photo
(270) 825-8648
101 Nebo Road Suite A
Madisonville, KY
Tom''s Photo Shop
(270) 322-8788
140 Veterans Drive
Hanson, KY
CVS Pharmacy
(270) 667-7031
USHighway 41 A
Providence, KY
Perfect Image Family Photography
(270) 825-3499
2111 Meadowlark Lane
Madisonville, KY
Hall Wayne Photography
(270) 797-4527
507 River Street
Dawson Springs, KY

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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