Lighting Techniques 4: How I shot this

In this post I decided to take you through my thought process in lighting the photo.  Because I wanted the knife as close to the camera as possible (while still being in focus), I had to lower the intensity of the flash on the camera.  But that meant I would end up too dark, so …

Lighting Techniques 3: How to get that shadow on the face

This one’s another subtle one because it’s so obvious, but if, like me a few months ago, you’ve only shot with available light, on camera flash, or bounced your light because you were told to – you probably haven’t thought about how light affects your portraits.  And so you have always taken portraits where they …

Lighting Techniques 1: Getting that White Background

Here’s a non-obvious problem that photographers come up against all the time – I bought a white background so why doesn’t it look white in my portraits?  The reason that it’s a non-obvious problem is that you have to remember that the camera doesn’t see the world the same way you do.  The internal circuitry …