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Sierra & Light | Logan Utah Portrait Photographer

  • 03/10/2015
  • By: Tina
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  • Posted in: Portraits {Seniors, Headshots, Individuals}

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Allow me a moment to share with you a bit about my journey with light.  Light is an essential component of any photograph and something I can never be done learning. Sure, there are "rules," but there are also rules that are meant to be broken. I've learned a lot about light in the last 10 years.  If you knew me in my early days as a photographer you may have seen some of my more interesting and even DIY light setups. I began learning about and utilizing light with some $12 Home Depot shop lights mounted on lovely yellow tripods (sold with the lights) and jimmy-rigged a connection to hold silver Wescott umbrellas. It wasn't pretty, but it was light. And it worked.

I while later I switched to "hot lights" or continuous lighting for my indoor portraits. This setup was prettier. I learned a lot about softboxes, and worked in my small basement 'studio' with a 3-light setup. While this setup was a step up from my home depot hack, it still lacked in power. I never felt like these lights gave me enough power.

Outdoors, I still relied on natural light to illuminate my subject. I've used everything from tin foil, sheets, and poster board, to dashboard heat catchers (for the car) to bounce or diffuse light. Somewhere along the way I bought speedlite (external flash for my camera) which I used mainly for bounced light. It was occasionally paired with an umbrella, but mainly only used with the natural light was insufficient for my needs. I later added a Gary Fong Lightsphere - a lovely Tupperware-like apparatus that perches a top my speedlite, which I still use sometimes. (Fun fact: One of my early experiences with light involved using Flash bulbs on an old Canon AE-1. One day I'll post the bridal portraits I took using that setup.)

Despite all of my experimentation with artificial light, the past decade I have relied primarily on the use of natural light. Which is fine. And fun. Its great to be able to use the sun as your ally - but the sun inevitably goes down.

So recently, I decided that it was time to step up my game. I wanted to learn strobes. I needed to learn strobes. Instead of purchasing new lights on a whim, I decided to take a class and make sure I had a grasp on what I was doing and what I wanted before making an investment in new studio lighting. And I think it was good for me. There were things I knew, things I learned, and technical names for lighting setups that I hadn't bothered to learn before. Best of all, I made some new friends.

Which brings me to these pictures of Sierra. She is one of the talented young models that was brought in on the final day of class as a culmination of our classroom experience. Thanks Mike for the great class. Thanks new friends and classmates - it was great to get to know all of you, and thanks Sierra for being our model for the evening.

Here is to never ceasing to learn new things!

 

 

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