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QLX Photo Processing
(480) 784-4887
2626 South Roosevelt Street
Tempe, AZ
 
Dorsey Lane Studio
(480) 820-7978
5004 South Dorsey Lane
Tempe, AZ
 
Penney J C CO Inc - Superstition Springs Center Store- Portrait Studio
(480) 396-3311
5000 South Arizona Mills Circle Suite 313
Tempe, AZ
 
Walgreen Drug Stores - Tempe Stores- Store Information
(480) 838-3640
1719 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ
 
Kits Cameras One Hour Photo - Arizona Mills
(480) 756-8811
5000 South Arizona Mills Circle Suite 624
Tempe, AZ
 
Color Inc
(480) 345-2724
5032 South Ash Avenue Suite 106
Tempe, AZ
 
Advanced Advertising Approaches
(480) 968-8363
1232 East Broadway Road Suite 210
Tempe, AZ
 
Passport Health
(480) 345-6800
2435 East Southern Avenue Suite 5
Tempe, AZ
 
Video Buttons
(480) 456-4665
5000 South Arizona Mills Circle
Tempe, AZ
 
Eckerd
(480) 557-0970
1750 East Broadway Road
Tempe, AZ
 

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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