Yesterday, I had the opportunity to travel to Columbus for a photography workshop with my assistant Renee, and my client/friend/fellow photographer, Katy Rex. After the workshop, the three of us went to the campus of The Ohio State University (BUCKEYES!!!) to do a “practice” session. It allowed me to tweak some things and allowed us to hone our craft just a bit. The images below are from the session. One big thing that I was trying to stress to Renee and Katy is that, as a wedding photographer, oftentimes you cannot control the direction of light to achieve a quality image. However, you CAN control your position in relation to that light in order to attain the direction of light that is so important to a quality image. For example:
This image of Renee has perfectly acceptable light and shadow ratio on her face. We are using direct sunlight so we cannot move the sun!! But if we keep Renee exactly where she is and move OUR position, it can make an acceptable image better. Like this:
Isn’t this much more dramatic? The image above is technically correct and has a ratio, but it doesn’t have the impact of this image. All that was needed was to move around Renee until I was in the position to see the more dramatic direction of light. This is a very, very simple concept. It just requires a little extra effort and the desire to push “acceptable” to “extraordinary” . Here are a few more images. Thank you to Renee’s friend, Ross, for joining us and being Renee and Katy’s “groom” Lol!!
Pushing the image even further with the black and white conversion.
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