Getting Creative

Hope everyone had a good Easter!

Some news:
You are going to see a few, minor changes to this blog over the coming weeks. I’ve come to realize blog posts I’ve been writing do not fit in with the original goals. While I could rewrite the mission statement, I still like the original concept and think it could be helpful to people.

The other change is I’m going to start transitioning to this blog, The Intrepid Photographer. The blog itself will be same, just with a different, better-fitting blog name and url. I’ll continue to post on the old blog for a few weeks while we make the transition, though. If you’re a regular reader, please follow the blog over here.

If anyone have a suggestion or a feature they’d like to see more often, please hit the comment button and suggest away. Would you like to see more tutorials? Critiques? Analyses of pro photog’s images (eg explaining how they’re likely lit). Or do you just want to see pretty pictures?

On to our regular programming!

Today’s featured photographer is Erik Almas. His photos are stunning, with simple props and well-thought-out lighting. He has something for everyone – landscapes, models, fashion, lifestyle…

I encourage you all to take a look, especially at his “portraits” and “lifestyle” – many of these photos are simply lit, and photographers lacking studio equipment could attain similar results with some practice.

This week, challenge yourself to do a simple, glamor-style portrait of someone; a friend, a family member or even a self portrait, and minimal lights.

Here’s a diagram on how you can achieve a similar look to Erik Almas’ picture featured above without using artificial light sources.

by Zombie Photography

Erik Almas does use artificial light sources in his portrait; but a similar look can be achieved with use of a good, strong indirect light – window in this case – and a reflector, which the white posterboard can function as.

Shoot at about f4-f8 (no wider than that), and your backdrop, if you have sufficient distance in between it and your subject, will be lightly out of focus. If you try to shoot this with objects in view, they’ll still be plainly visible and ruin this simple portrait.

You will need a white backdrop or a plain, light-colored background. You can use a regular bedsheet. By avoiding lighting the backdrop directly, it will appear gray.

Keep on shooting!