Last week, I wrote about how it’s an important skill for photographers to be able to figure out lights. If you don’t click, this is a succinct summary:
Understand [the light] and put that knowledge to practice, your own photography skills will improve by leaps and bounds, regardless of whether you’re a natural light photographer or studio photographer or somewhere in between.
It’s always a good practice, when you look at portraits, to take a moment and reflect on the lighting. If it’s outdoor, are the shadows crisp and harsh? Does that work for this image, or would it have been better to shoot at a different time of the day? Is the person positioned to best take advantage of the natural light?
And with artificial lights, whether it’s by table lamps or by strobes: is it a good placement of the lights? Was a diffuser of some kind used or is it a bare flash? Are the shadows flattering? What would you have done differently? Increased or decreased the power?
This is a self portrait from a few months ago.
- How was this lit?
- How would you change the lighting? How do you think this image could be improved?
Let me know what you think in the comments!