Posts Tagged ‘natural light portraits’

Natural light tutorial

Hi There!  I came across this natural light tutorial and thought that you might enjoy it.  By the way, I just added my popular Natural Light Project to the members side of Shuttermom University!  Be sure to check it out.  Enjoy the video, and I’ll see you there.

Quinceañera portrait shoot - great video!

This video was produced by dotDV for one of LA’s most popular wedding photographers, Ramiro Gaytan of Gaytan Productions.  It was fun to watch, and the final images are gorgeous.  Please note that I do not advocate shooting on rail road tracks.  Enjoy the video, and I’ll see you over at Shuttermom University for more photography tips and business coaching.  Thanks!

Special Just For Shuttermom Readers

Hi There!
Steve Bedell is offering a special discount on his educational DVD - Natural Light Portraiture.  Shuttermom readers can purchase this great DVD for just $77 (regular price $99) for a limited time.  If you are wanting to learn more about taking great portraits using natural light, this is for you!  But don’t delay, because once the link is gone, the discount is over.

Steve Bedell is a master photographer and has won numerous awards for his work.  He is also a regular contributor to such publications as Shutterbug.

Click here to claim your copy

From Steve’s Page:

:All portraits done on the video not only have a finished image and light diagram on the video, but I’ve included all the lighting diagrams on the bonus CD in both JPEG form and as a PDF you can print out and take with you.

:I’ve also done something a little different this time but something I think you’ll find very informative. I included 13 recent portraits and instead of using diagrams I talk about what I like and how I made each image. There is no formula, just a brief discussion of each image.

:With all this talk about light, I figure we need to know what we’re talking about! So I sat down to just spell out the characteristics of light and ended up with a 1500 word article! I think you’ll find this really does sort of put everything in it’s place so that when we discuss light, we’re all on the same page!

:The ‘Forgotten Generation’ project. This is a CD or DVD by itself. It is also included on my ‘Window Light Mastery’ DVD so if you own that, you know what I’m talking about. I feel it is the most important body of work I’ve ever done and I want you to have it. Think of it as a ‘Bonus Bonus’. Plus many of these images have won awards, one most recently scoring a 98 in PPA Regional print competition. If you don’t have this, this alone is worth the price. There are about 25 images with light diagrams and narration plus information about the project.

Seeing The Light With Jesse Kalisher

Found a good video on natural lighting and wanted to share.  Hope you all are having a great day!  For more info on natural light portraiture, be sure to visit The Natural Light Project.  See you there!

Taking Better Child Portraits

Found this video series and wanted to share.  Video #1 talks about what lenses are best for close up portraits, and also discusses what you should look for as far as window lighting for portraits.  Video #2 goes more into window lighting and the use of reflectors, and Video #3 discusses aperture and angles.  Some good tips - enjoy!  See you over at Shuttermom University for more photography business tips and coaching.

Natural Light Project Giveaway

I’m giving away a free download of my best-selling Natural Light Project.  You can see a full description of the prize here.  Here’s how to enter:

1.  Tweet this:  @Shutter_mom giveaway:  Natural Light Project!

2.  Facebook this:  Shuttermom is giving away a free Natural Light Project!  To find out how to enter, go to

3.  Enter your name and email into the Contest Machine widget below.

The contest ends at noon eastern time on Friday, Feb. 26th.  Winner will be chosen at random by Contest Machine software.

Good luck!

Another Fun Engagement Session - Behind the Scenes

Here is another fun engagement session video that includes a “behind the scenes” look.  I especially liked the shot of the dog where the photographer held his camera down low while walking to capture it - take a look to see what I mean.  Enjoy the video, and I’ll see you over at Shuttermom University for more photography business tips and coaching.

Behind the Scenes of Engagement Session In Yosemite

I love this video!  Taken against the gorgeous backdrop of Yosemite National Park, this photographer created some outstanding images.  Enjoy the video, and for more photography business tips and coaching, be sure to join us on Shuttermom University.  See you there!

Analyzing a Natural Light Portrait

Hi There!  Found this video on YouTube and wanted to share.  See some of the basic elements to watch out for when taking natural light portraits.  Enjoy the video, and for more information on natural light portraiture, visit us at the Natural Light Project.  See you there!

Setting Up A Photo Studio In Your Garage

The garage is a GREAT
place to set up a natural light studio!  All you need is a backdrop and
stand (or a nice, neutral wall), a reflector (optional, but recommended) and your camera.  Remember, as with window light, you do not want direct sunlight coming in.

Check out your garage at different times of day to see when you have
diffused or indirect light.  On a cloudy day, you can shoot all day long in your garage.

Place your subject approximately 3 to 5 feet away from the backdrop
(or as far away as your space allows) with the sun coming in from the
side.  Place the reflector on the other side of your subject so that it
is reflecting light to fill in shadows.  Take a meter reading to see
what exposure you should be using.  If you are without a meter, give
aperture priority a try.  Set your f-stop to 5.6, or a lower number if
you want the background to be out of focus.…and let your camera decide
the shutter speed.  Getting blurry images?  Bump up your ISO!  Instead
of 100, try 200…see the difference?  If it is really dark in your
garage, you’ll need to se the ISO even higher.  Just watch out for

Remember, since you can’t move the light source in the garage, have
your subject move to capture different lighting patterns on their
face.  Also try moving closer or further away from the light for
different effects.

For more information on natural light portrait photography, visit The Natural Light Project.

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