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Thursday, August 31, 2006


Laureesa. Photo copyright Jim Doty Jr.

Laureesa. Photo © Jim Doty Jr

Although studio lights give you an amazing amount of control, you don't have to have studio lights to do nice portraits. The right kind of natural light can work very well.

This photo was taken about 2 1/2 hours into a multi-location shoot. It was late in the afternoon and the sun was shining. We worked on the shady side of the columns to take advantage of the soft light of the eastern sky, creating a very subtle version of "short lighting" (see the next post). Light levels were low and cool so I raised the ISO on the camera and warmed up the color temperature.

The sun was a little too high when we first arrived. As the sun got lower and dropped into the haze, it began to cast a soft warm light on Laureesa's hair and left cheek, adding just the right extra touch. I couldn't have asked for better light. It doesn't hurt at all that Laureesa has such nice facial features.

Data: Canon 5D. Canon EF 24-105mm lens set at 67mm. Aperture: f/8. Shutter: 1/60 second. ISO: 800.


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