Ambient Light

Under Pressure

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

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.

Learning from the big & small screen

Learning from the big & small screen

They say that practice makes perfect, and that’s certainly true when it comes to learning how to shoot creatively and effectively in low light situations. The reality, though, is that you’re not always going to easily find yourself in a situation where you have a suitable location, a willing subject, and sufficient time – save, perhaps, organising practice shoots with friends or family where you can push the limits of what you think you know.  However those times where you’re not shooting need not be times where you’re not learning how to deal with low light or indeed bad light.

Learning To See Light

Learning To See Light

There is a real benefit to learning to see light beyond the occasional possibility of making an award-winning or portfolio image, because let’s face it, even for the best of us such images are just a small percentage of the images we create day to day.  No, even for those day-to-day photos, learning to see light is a worthwhile thing to do. Whenever we raise our camera to our eye, there is literally an infinite number of possible images we could create. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by those possibilities. Letting light drive what shot you take, while sounding hard, actually makes things much easier.