Here are two pictures from the weekend that were motivated strictly by my love of natural light. Altho' I love bringing out the umbrellas and softboxes to create light it's the natural light that's my teacher and muse.The top picture of my son Stefan playing the bass was snagged in about 2 minutes. I was on the couch watching the Giant-Dallas game, my son was in the next room practicing when he came around the corner to show me a new riff he was working on. There was a bright shaft of sunlight streaming in from the second storey window producing a blinding rhomboid of light on the carpet. When Stefan stepped into it - it looked like a stage spotlight. I said, "stop - don't move". I grabbed the camera and took a few snaps. Now if I had taken this pic without the flash his face would have been totally in the dark but I knew I had to compensate for the bright back light. With the game on the line there was no time to lose. I just toggled up the on-camera pop up flash, quickly dialed in 1/4 power (remember those pop up flashes are adjustable - full power would have been way too much as he was only about 5 feet away) and snapped about 4 shots. After he showed me the nifty riff I went back to the game...all in about two minutes.
The second pic was taken on Saturday. I was working for TSS photography...we shoot a lot of kids sports pictures. There were three photographers with asssistants. Each assistant preps the client and holds the reflector/shader if necessary. I noticed that Maria's reflector was catching some early morning sunlight and caressing her face. Maria was working with the photog next to me. So I grabbed about two shots and then went back to my clients.
Both of these shots were just from paying attention to the light - watch the light - when you see something special - grab your camera. It's the light the makes the picture!
A word about assistants - if you ever have the luxury of working with an assistant = there is NO
substitute for a good assistant. Not only do they keep your workflow smooth but the real good ones
know what you're looking for in shading - what to leave lit and what to cover. An appreciative tip of the chapeau to Maria, Amber, Taylor, and all the great assistants everywhere.
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Keep watching for that special light - and thanks for stopping by.