I’ve always believed in creating the light. But light, as they say, is light. And light is what photography is all about.
Finding it is Ok, too – especially when it is directional, yet soft. Like light from a covered porch where the sun is opposite – eastern facing to a western sun, for example. A great big softbox sans flashtube.
These images of Kindera were shot in just such a location. The light is everything you would want – directional, wrappy. Not exactly dramatic but that’s not what I was going for. Soft and pretty is more like it.
And that porch delivered. Catchlights in the eyes (to add life) and with enough volume to light them. And direction to it. Highlights and shadows.
Though there is a falloff of light from front to back, it is subtle. To make Kindera pop from the background I shot wide open on the GM 85mm f/1.4 – a spectacularly sharp lens with even more beautiful defocused rendering. The light helps, but it is focus that does the heavy lifting in providing a 3 dimensional “look” to the image.
Sometimes defocusing can play in the foreground, too, like the silk flowers in the first image. A sense of depth can come from either the foreground or the background; when opportunity calls it’s best to try both.
For wardrobe we went simple – a man’s shirt – white. A favorite.
More to come.