After working out how to do this whole blogging thing, I’m starting my new blog, which will share photography images and also include a few travel tips from various adventures. I’ll be sharing links and information on places to go and what to see, along with tips on how to capture some of these images yourself. Hope all is well and I will see you out there!
This week I’m sharing how to get environmental portraits in low light:
The picture above was shot at 6:30 AM on the Tybee Island Pier just outside of Savannah, GA. The rising sun was behind my subject in the east.
If you have a good DSLR digital camera, with an off-camera flash, this is a relatively easy shot. In this picture of Scott Mitchell (Scooter) Nelson at the Pier, I shot manually, metering off the available light in the background. With my off-camera flash set on manual, I added just enough light to brighten up Scooter’s face without it being overpowering. Often when your light source is behind your subject (which it was here), your subject will appear dark, which is why that fill light is so important.
If you don’t use fill flash, your subject is dark and you end up with something like the picture below. He’s dark and the picture kind of sucks. I don’t know why I copyrighted that shot, nobody will ever use it…
A good fill flash picture doesn’t require super expensive equipment. You can achieve similar results using an on-camera flash as well, as long as you meter your exposure off the available background light. I shot the picture below in the Galapagos Islands with a Canon Rebel XT using the built-in camera flash:
Don’t be afraid to use flash! If you have a beautiful background that’s low-lit, set your camera for a little longer exposure to capture that ambient light, so that you don’t just have really bright subjects with a black background. It’s also a good idea to have your brother holding the beer bottle with the label away from the camera, so that you don’t get slapped with a lawsuit!
See you out there!
For information on the Tybee Island Pier, check out this link: http://tybeeisland.com/place/tybee-pier-pavilion/