4 Things You Already Own That Will Help You Take Striking Portraits

It’s a given that the sun is an invaluable tool for photographers. Light is something we’ve all found both comfort and trouble in. Many artists are already aware of their favourite time of day for shooting, but it’s often healthy to expose yourself to new methods. The more possibilities you’re familiar with, the stronger your skills will get. Even if a new way of photographing doesn’t stick with you, you’ll still have beneficial knowledge which might come in handy at the most unexpected (and best) moment.

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For instance, I wasn’t a fan of nighttime photography for a very long time. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loveother people’s nighttime shots. However, I often felt that my style wouldn’t work well with artificial lights or starry skies. In addition to fearing grain, I couldn’t imagine how I, a portrait photographer, could take appealing photos of faces lit by almost no light at all. I believe it was fashion photographer Lara Jade as well as an abundance of talented nighttime photographers whose work encouraged me to be more experimental in every possible way. Eventually, I came to appreciate the value of ISO, artificial light, and dark locations. Though I still prefer abundant sunlight to artificial light, I’m no longer irrationally afraid of finding myself in a badly lit location.

While this article isn’t about nighttime photography, it covers a topic that almost every art genre is connected to: experimentation and openness. Had I given up on nighttime photography during my first shoot, I would’ve missed a plethora of fantastic opportunities. Similarly, had I not experimented with light patterns, I wouldn’t have discovered an effective way to take striking portraits with the help of accessible items.

This article will cover 4 simple things you already own (or have access to) which will help you make the most of sunlight. The reason this list contains simple items is that I find an endless amount of beauty and potential in everyday objects. Living in small apartments with a limited amount of equipment has taught me to value the tiniest of details. By taking advantage of unusual light patterns created by things most of you own makes this kind of photography accessible to almost everyone. Though I’m more than grateful for tutorials that encourage the use of advanced photography equipment and complicated techniques, I also cherish the beauty of creating striking portraits with very few tools. I hope these tips inspire you to see your possessions in a new light. Let them help you take the most wonderful photographs. <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.3/72×72/1f642.png&quot; alt="

A Trip to the Woods: Wildlife and Bird Photography With the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera

A Trip to the Woods: Wildlife and Bird Photography With the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera

Since the new Sony a9 announcement and subsequent release, it’s been earmarked as an honest competitor to the sports and wildlife scene. As time went on we saw a lot of talk about it being framed in the context of sports photography, so I eagerly wanted to take it out and see what it had to offer to the wildlife and bird photographers who were often getting left out of these discussions. Here’s a collection of my thoughts after heading out into the woods with the Sony a9.

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