Photography Lighting Experts Pryor OK

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Drug Warehouse
(918) 825-5303
591 South Mill Street
Pryor, OK
 
Walgreens
(918) 343-8822
601 West Will Rogers Boulevard
Claremore, OK
 
DORI G Studios
(918) 341-0959
401 East 5th Street
Claremore, OK
 
Mail Boxes Etc
(918) 341-3860
500 South Lynn Riggs Boulevard
Claremore, OK
 
GSS Photography
(918) 341-7227
11813 East Timbercreek Lane
Claremore, OK
 
Picture the Moment
(918) 543-7828
222 East Commercial Street # C
Inola, OK
 
Wal-Mart Supercenter - Okmulgee- Portrait Studio
(918) 756-8585
1500 South Lynn Riggs Boulevard
Claremore, OK
 
Drug Warehouse
(918) 342-2100
215 North Lynn Riggs Boulevard
Claremore, OK
 
Bonea Photography
(918) 825-5358
18 North Vann Street
Pryor, OK
 
Photos by Liz
(918) 521-5975
8679 N 429 Rd
Adair, 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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