Photo of the Day: Shining Through


Lens: 24mm f/1.4
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lighting: SB-900
EXIF and GPS data

Once again, at the workshop I deliberately took people to terrible locations to show them how I would work through it. The key to making a nice, attractive negative space for Kelly to play in was using the off-camera lighting to kill the ambient light. Without it … well, the space doesn’t have quite the same effect, as you can see below:

  • http://www.samhurdphotography.com Sam Hurd

    oh man, i really love the grungy/urban look of the trash cans though…

  • http://www.samhurdphotography.com Sam Hurd

    that was a lie. this is definitely an fantastic example of why there are no excuses (these days) for bad locations.

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  • http://www.chrisaram.com Chris Aram

    Man, composition in “less than ideal” surroundings is something I struggle with and it’s very refreshing and helpful to read posts like yours on the topic! I feel like anyone* (not true, I know, but for the sake of exaggeration to make a point) can take beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple in a beautiful locale, but I find that real life and real weddings don’t always take place in the most incredible old hotel in town, don’t always offer perfect, soft, ambient light, etc. etc.

    Thanks again for taking the time to provide this kind of work as food for thought!

  • http://www.joshuagull.com Joshua Gull

    Holy wow Ryan, that’s an insane difference. Never thought to use OCL like that. Great job man!

  • http://www.sallywattsphoto.com Sally Watts

    What a cool tip, Ryan!