Window Light and Location Portraits | The Photographer Academy

Window Light and Location Portraits

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Filmed live on location at The Academy Week in Ireland, follow along with the delegates in this in-depth series of films that take you from the basics to the creative of photographing people. From basic portraits, through Editorial, to Couples, Boudoir, Sports Physique and Nudes, Academy Master Mark Cleghorn and Kenny Martin give you all the knowledge and skills to take your images to the next level.

When shooting portraits on location, even if you take lighting with you, it’s often best to keep it simple and just use available light within a scene. Often this is all you’ll need, with just a reflector to add a bit of pop you can shoot a fantastic range of images quickly and simply. If you then feel you need to bring in additional light, maybe your shooting a larger group, it’s then simple to add just what you need to create the image. The same approach to light can then also be carried out onto location, instead of a window though, you look for subtraction of the light to give you control. Remember that with portraiture you should be taking control of your light, no matter the source.

Equipment: Canon 5DMKII, Canon 24-105mm, Canon 85mm, Sekonic L-758, Lastolite Trigrip Silver/White, Manfrotto Tripod, Elinchrom D-lite 2, Elinchrom Rotalux Octa 135cm,