Turn them down and put them close…….
This last weekend had the awesome pleasure of being both a best man and wedding photographer. Busy day! The ultimate goal for the day was to create at least one portrait that I felt was at a higher level than anything I have done up to this point. An image that would stop anyone who saw it. Luckily I started with a very pretty face to begin with which always helps. Please no one tell Bre I said that:) Anyways I managed to create two images that met my expectations. They were acomplished by employing the idea that the closer a light is to a subject the softer the shadows will be. To prove this simply move your hand closer to the ceiling fan and watch your shadow on the table. I had Bre stand within inches of a 36 inch octobox and simply bounced light from the other side with a simple white reflector. Then I turned the strobe down as far as it would go. Then since I wanted to shoot at F1.8 for that flattering DOF I love so much I had to add a variND filter. The result was very soft light that looks great on any face. These photos were minimally retouched and stand beautiful on their own. So ultimately I gained two things on Saturday. A new sister in law and a new technique to put in my bag for future shoots. I want to make a smart comment about the better of the two but I fear Bre might read this 🙂 I hope everyone is having a great end to their winter. Very soon we can photograph GREEN again!