Being able to look at pictures and reverse engineer, or break down, how they were lit is an incredibly useful skill. Determining how many light sources were used by examining the shadows, highlights, and catch lights and observing whether the light is soft or hard not only tests your knowledge and understanding of light, but also will help you to replicate looks and go on to create your own unique images.
This passage was excerpted from Minus 2/3 The Invisible Flash by Gerd Ludwig, available in eBook format and paperback now!
Minus 2/3 is the latest release from photographer and author Gerd Ludwig. Ludwig received the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 2015 and has been photographing for National Geographic since the early 1990s. In Minus 2/3, he takes us behind the scenes of his iconic photos to share his flash techniques.
This passage was excerpted from Pet Photography: The Secrets to Creating Authentic Pet Portraits by Norah Levine
I frequently hear from clients or potential clients that my portraits, specifically of people with pets, do not feel posed. This makes me feel really good because it means that the images portray a certain truth in them that is often missing from completely posed portraits.
See the World (2014) Creativity demonstration at Ivy Hall on the SCAD Atlanta Campus. Jillian Christmas (model). © Claire Rosen
There are many things you can do to create the conditions for creativity and productivity. Although everyone is capable of being creative, reaching your full potential requires you to nurture that creativity.
Composing shots for moving images is, in essence, very similar to composing for still images or paintings. But like any other craft, cinema has created its own visual principles with one fundamental intention: to effectively control what viewers see in the frame, how they see it, and when they see it.
This passage was excerpted from Studio Anywhere 2: Hard Light by Nick Fancher
HARD VERSUS SOFT