Ep 79 How to find great daylight for portraits anywhere

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Sometimes, you have to work with what you’ve got. Life doesn’t always provide you with perfect shooting conditions.

So, in this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how you can find great daylight for portraits anywhere. They also talk about the importance of exposing for different parts of the image – and the surprising results you can achieve from this.

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Useful links

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Shoutout

Above: By Allan Malenfant‎. “Flight, an image I put together of a Great White Crane at sunset, taken at a couple weeks ago on my trip to Lake Huron. I used Gina's Japan_1940_lite”
Above: By Allan Malenfant‎. “Flight, an image I put together of a Great White Crane at sunset, taken at a couple weeks ago on my trip to Lake Huron. I used Gina’s Japan_1940_lite”

 

Listener Question from Katrina Schubert

“I’m in the early stages of starting a small photography business. I want to shoot families, kids, head shots and hopefully school formal portraits. I’m at the point where I need to start building a portfolio for my website and I know I shouldn’t shoot anyone without a model release/contract. How do I go about getting such documents? Are they something that need to be drawn up by a lawyer or can I safely use one downloaded from the web? Are there any other legal requirements to consider before I begin? I know this is pretty dry stuff, but if anyone can make legal stuff entertaining, it’s you and Valerie Khoo!”

We provide our thoughts in this week’s episode and here are some helpful links.

Digital Photography School

American Society of Media Photographers

Australian Institute of professional photographers

This is the html version of the file

Sample model release

Page 1

Model Release Form
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD A.C.N. 050 167 498 A.B.N. 77 050 167 498
AIPP NATIONAL OFFICE: PO BOX 372, NORTH MELBOURNE VICTORIA, 3051 TEL: 1800 686 696 FAX: (03) 9329 9933

THIS FORM MUST BE SIGNED BEFORE ANY PHOTOGRAPHY IS UNDERTAKEN
______________________________________________________________________
Name of Photographer……………………………………..
Job /Series No…………………
Name of Advertising Agency Or Client (if assignment)……………………………………
Order No. ………………………
Description of Date of Photography…………………………………………………
Photography …………………..
______________________________________________________________________
I permit the photographer named above and his/her licensees or assignees to use the
photograph(s)and/or drawings therefrom and any other reproductions or adaptations
therefrom either complete or in part alone or in conjunction with any wording and/or
drawings for all uses including publicity and/or merchandising and/or editorial purposes
in any country. Unless otherwise agreed the photograph(s) and any drawings or
adaptations thereof shall be deemed to represent an imaginary person. No changes to
the terms of this model release are accepted unless agreed in writing by the
photographer, his/her assignees or licensees or myself.
I understand that I do not have any interest in the copyright to the photograph(s) nor
shall I receive any further payment.
I am over 18 years old. (Models who are under 18 years of age must provide evidence
of consent by a parent or guardian to this model release.)

Name of Model Agency (if any)
……………………………………………………………………………………..…………
Name of Model (capital letters)
…………………………………………………………………….………………………….
Address of Model
…………………………………………………………………………………………..……
Signature of Model ……………………………………………………Date …………………
Signature of Parent or Guardian …………………………………… Date …………………
(if model under 18)
Witness ……………………………………………………………….…Date …………………

This is a basic Model Release. The AIPP suggests you follow your solicitor’s advice for your specific
requirements.

How to find great daylight for portraits anywhere

The obvious

  • full sun
  • overcast
  • full shade
Flat lighting on two old men chatting
Above: Flat lighting. In this image I have exposed for skin tone f3.5 @1/250th sec image by Gina Milicia

 

Two old gentlment sitting and chatting contrast lighting
Above: Contrast. In this image I have exposed for the highlights and brightened skin tones in post production f5.6 @ 1/320th image by Gina Milicia

 

Above: The same guys photographed from a slightly different angle. Background choice and lighting make a huge difference to the look and feel of the shot. image by Gina Milicia
Above: The same guys photographed from a slightly different angle. Background choice and lighting make a huge difference to the look and feel of the shot. image by Gina Milicia

Dappled light

Back lighting

Don’t trust your camera’s light meter. Hans gets it wrong in these situations!

 

Underexposed back lit portrait
Above: ISO 400 f3.5 @1/4000th sec image by Gina Milicia, it’s underexposed.

 

Correctly exposed portrait
Above: ISO 400 f3.5 @1/2500th sec image by Gina Milicia

Early morning/late afternoon

  • The sun is flat and soft and perfect for shooting portraits.
  • Best time is when it is closest to the horizon

Hidden gems

  • Rain
  • Garage lighting
Full sun portrait
Above: Full sun image by Gina Milicia

 

Garage lighting example
Above: Model moved 1ft into the shade, great garage lighting image by Gina Milicia

Window light

window light example
Above: Think about the mood you want to convey with your images and expose accordingly. image by Gina Milicia

 

mood lighting expose for highlights
Above: F2.8@1/640th sec image by Gina Milicia Here expose for the highlights to bring mood into the shot.

 

Flat lighting no mood
Above: No mood with flat lighting, exposing for the shadows. f2.8@1/100th sec image by Gina Milicia

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