- New: Living Landscapes – A Guide to Stunning Landscape Photography
- Lighting Ratios for Portrait Photography
- Photography Tips on Google+: Reaches 10,000 Followers
- A Pro Photographer’s DIY Ring Light for Fashion Photography
Posted: 31 Jul 2013 04:54 PM PDT
Landscape photography is difficult to master until you learn that there are several massive compromises baked into the genre. This new guide, Living Landscapes, will help you move past the point, click and hope approach to landscape photography. You'll learn from a pro how to capture stunning landscape photos you'll hang on walls – not hide in albums – by mastering the three key ingredients to stunning and engaging landscape photography. It is currently 33% off for the launch sale which ends soon ($20). Found here: Living Landscapes Photography Guide
Landscape photography is undoubtedly one of the most universally appealing branches in the ever-growing and sometimes twisted tree of photography. In fact, I suspect that landscape's popularity is second only to portraiture among photo enthusiasts. However most quickly discover that it is not easy.
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Posted: 31 Jul 2013 02:10 PM PDT
In portrait photography, lighting ratios are comparisons of the main light in a photo to the lesser light which fills in the shadows. This main light is known as the “key light”, and the lesser light is called the “fill light.” A lighting ratio can be expressed (K+F):F, where the main light is K+F because it includes both the key light and the fill light. In other words, lighting ratios express the level of light on the brightest lit areas in a photograph compared to the least lit parts. This ratio is also known more simply as “contrast”.
Considering lighting ratios is important for portrait photography. The four most common lighting ratios for portrait photography are 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, and 4:1.
The lower ratios, 1:1 and 2:1 can be used for most photography needs. These ratios make the entire photograph easier to see, so they are often used for family photographs or headshots of small children and women. When the fill light is equal to the key light, or the ratio is 1:1, it is called flat lighting, because there is no contrast and few shadows in the photograph.
If you are taking a photograph of a small child or a baby, it’s wise to use a 2:1 or 1:1 ratio, because small kids and babies can move unpredictably; it’s difficult to get a portrait in which in the entire face is sufficiently lit. A stronger fill light ensures that you can take a photograph without too much shadow on the face, even if the subject won’t face the main light.
For portraits of women, 2:1 is the ratio that is commonly used. Lower ratios and lower contrast help to highlight women’s hair while leaving just enough shadow to show the features in her face. For this reason, and to make sure the background isn’t too dark, 2:1 is also used often for portraits of models.
3:1 can be used if a 2:1 lighting ratio doesn’t include enough shadow or seems too bright. This ratio is a good choice for photos of men or any portrait used for professional or business purposes. For black and white photography of any kind, 3:1 is a good ratio choice, since 2:1 will usually seem noticeably bright , but a darker 4:1 ratio will have more black and darkly shaded areas.
As with the ratio 3:1, 4:1 works well for pictures of men. This ratio gives a more “dramatic” impression to a portrait. For general photos of men, or photographs intended to portray a person as a business professional, this is an ideal lighting ratio to use.
As the ratio of key light to fill light rises, the photograph appears more and more dramatic and the shadows in the picture become darker. For this reason, the most common lighting ratios for portrait photography are 1:1 through 5:1. But, while anything higher than 5:1 is generally not the best choice for photographs of faces, these higher ratios can be used for portraits which include more of a person’s body, or for side-shots of the face. In these kinds of pictures, you sometimes want to have more light on one side and to emphasize shadows.
Here is a helpful video tutorial on the subject (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
Remember that choosing a lighting ratio is a highly subjective process. There is never a “best” ratio for any photograph. Photography is an art, and the choice of lighting ratio should be experimented with just like everything else.
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Posted: 31 Jul 2013 12:47 PM PDT
We love our new Google+ followers! They are often the first to know if we have a new in-depth article posted and we value the comments, plus one’s, discussions and feedback we receive there. Today the number of photographers following us on Google+ surpassed 10,000 (and actually blasted through it almost reaching 12,000)! Thanks so much to all of you, we look forward to more exciting google+ meetings and activities: PictureCorrect Photography Tips on Google+
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Posted: 31 Jul 2013 10:44 AM PDT
Ring flashes and continuous ring lights are popular among fashion portrait photographers. The circular lights are placed around the camera lens to reduce shadows and create interestingly shaped catch lights in a model’s eyes.
Do-it-yourself types will be inspired by this pro photographer challenge, in which Mark Chung was asked to craft a homemade ring light for a portrait shoot in two hours or less (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
Chung’s continuous ring light was constructed with mostly used materials, including a fan and tube lights reclaimed from a bathroom. Using the frame of the fan connected to a tripod adapter as the base of the ring light, he traced the frame’s shape onto white foam board to create a reflector. On top of the reflector, he placed several tube lights in concentric circles and secured them with zip ties. Next, he needed to power the lights. Chung knows a little about electrical wiring, so he was able to power his light on his own with supplies from a hardware store, but those without a background in electronics might want to seek out more in-depth instructions when attempting to make homemade lighting equipment.
The finished light allowed for the photographer to place his lens in the center hole and shoot through the ring light. He used a slower shutter speed for his shots to account for any flickering of the tube lighting.
Though one subject complained of the high heat emitted from the bright light, this quick DIY project was a success:
There are affordable ring flashes available for purchase, but some photographers find it well worth their time to make their own studio lighting. Choose a size and style that works for the type of photography you do, and start building.
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