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Adventures in the light

The temptation is often to fix the bad light with good lighting, but that’s not always the answer, or always practical.

By working through actual shots from real world shoots, you can learn how to work with ambient light.

ADVENTURES IN THE DARK

If adding light is needed to get the shot, you have a whole new set of variables to control, and that can be daunting.

Understanding real world examples can teach you how to get the results you need.

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Under Pressure
Ambient Light

Under Pressure

Some of the best wedding photographers in the world. A dark basement room with mirrors. A bag full of flashes. A couple of minutes to come up with a photograph, and just a little bit of pressure. How focusing on what you can control and using that to work with what you can’t control helps yield a result that requires none of the gear.

A Shot in the Loo
Ambient Light

A Shot in the Loo

This is very simple unposed shot, with no light added by me. The light is all what was already present in the scene. The challenge, therefore, is not how much light to use, or where to place it. In this case the required skill is to make the most of the light present, assessing it and putting it to good use.

Pushing the limits
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Pushing the limits

Some shots make you work more than others, and some shots make your gear work more than others. This photo is an example of a shot that made both me and my gear work at our hardest. So much so that I genuinely wasn’t sure if it would actually work at all. But why was it so hard to do? Well, very simply, I was working right at the limits of what my gear could achieve.

Turning a castle into a pride flag
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Turning a castle into a pride flag

When I spoke to Eoin and Alan in the run up to their wedding day, and again on the morning of it, they told me they would be flying the Pride flag from the top of Waterford Castle for their wedding, so I naturally included it in some photos during the wedding day. But the idea of the flag flying over the castle also planted a seed in my head – to see if I could turn the castle itself into a homage to the flag. So while they sat for dinner with their guests, I set out to see if it was possible.

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