There are two categories of GENERAL ADVICE which applies, regardless of whether you’re using a digital camera to take professional portrait poses, group pictures, pet portraits, baby pictures, funny photos, or even maternity portraits.
Prepare for the event by thinking about every photograph you want to take and what kind of photography pose or poses you would like to capture. Check the digital camera’s LCD screen for general framing of the picture, any movement, visibility of faces, and the histogram. Taking indoor portrait photography, is very different than outdoor portrait photograph (duh!). If you need to be further away than your flash allows, here are 2 things you can try…First, increase the ISO setting (but not so much as to produce to much noise), or second, move to a significantly brighter location.
If there are distracting features, change your settings to blur the background (see the Techniques page). If there are mirrors or reflective surfaces in the background and you can’t find a different location, only take the picture in such a way that the flash is NOT PERPENDICULAR to the surface, but at an angle (unless you WANT a nice photo of your flash). These photo posing tips are great, they will help me with my future photographic shoots so I can get the best out of my photographs. I actually like shooting candidly, because I find I get the best poses naturally because people aren’t so self conscious!
We are always looking for more interesting and insightful photography tips and techniques to share with our readers.
Many photographers think natural light is a safe and easy way to shoot outdoors, but in actual fact to do it properly, requires nearly as much skill as using studio lights.
The camera angle would be somewhere around parallel to the garage or a slight angle out from the garage.
The following image is an old shed I used for subtractive lighting portraiture for many years.


Note the little girl is sitting on an old chair approximately .5 metre inside the roof line, therefore removing the down light.
The eBook is laid out in easy-to-follow chapters on the important subjects of natural light portraits. Thanks for your sharing in these blog posts Wayne…I am looking forward to them each time now. Before you take 200 shots that seem great at the time, but then upon review of the final picture are less than what you expected, let’s prepare. The best photography pose in the world won’t look right with a distracting background. Someone I met stole the bottom photo, and said it was theres, and used it as their facebook photo.
This week’s blog post is about subtractive lighting which has been requested by some followers of this blog. A photographer with studio lighting skills is going to have a definite advantage in understanding good lighting outdoors, as they understand shaping the face with light.
Now you will have created a shadow on one side, this shadow is caused by the subtraction of light or lack of light on the garage side of the face.
Of course posing plays a big part in the final appearance, but this post is about getting you to think more about light shaping on the face and helping you to understand how to create it. The old white car wasn’t always there and for many years I was able to photograph larger groups in that position. As it was a black and white session colour reflectance wasn’t an issue so I threw the blanket over the tailgate. There are many example photos and easy explained diagrams on the essentials to help you understand and take you to another level.


As there are so many photographers wanting to photograph with natural light outdoors, I thought a post on subtractive lighting very appropriate.
Now place the subject in a position where soft diffused light strikes one side of a face and the other side and top are placed into a position where the light is blocked.
The soft, diffused open sky is lighting your subject, but because they are facing this light, the subject is evenly lit, this is called flat lighting (not flattering at all). So now you have one side with soft light, one side in shadow and light subtracted from the top. As it couldn’t be moved, and was giving too much reflectance, I needed to throw something dark over the tailgate area to reduce or subtract this reflectance.
So the message is you can make outdoor natural light portraiture look more dramatic by using these simple subtractive lighting techniques.
I’ll bet you thought charging the battery was the hardest part of taking great photos, didn’t you?
It is by far my most popular technique for natural lighting outdoors using windows, doorways and buildings.
Because the subject is under the roof line, you have subtracted (blocked) the light from the top, but not from one side. Sorry to disappoint you, but if you want to improve your photo results 50 percent in 2 minutes, let’s review some basic advice of the pros.



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