Upon entering a photo location, take the necessary time to understand it. Sit with it. Absorb the aesthetic. Find new angles that push the limits of conceptual portrait photography.
Here are a few tips pertaining light during portrait photography session:
- How does the natural light enter the room?
White or soft-colored rooms will bounce light. Black or dark-colored rooms will absorb more light. You may have to illuminate the background or close the shades.
- How does the light differ from day, dusk, dawn, and evening?
Time of day dictates how a setting could look. Especially, if this is an outdoor location scout. In that case, photographers need to play by the sun’s rules. Keep in mind how natural light shines differently throughout the day.
- Use the PhotoPills app to track the sun’s location.
We highly recommend downloading this useful photography app to your phone. PhotoPills tracks the exact location of the sunset and sunrise, so photographers can plan accordingly. Photographer that love magic hour and outdoor photos must use this.
Using the best lighting techniques will create bold portrait photos. Some situations may require 1-4 lights. Until a location scout is complete and the subject is on set, these details remain unclear.
At the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia, the glass structures at Aqimero are amazing background pieces. Our photo studio splashes a blue light against the glass to mimic water. Without seeing these structures during our location scout, capturing this portrait photo on the fly is near impossible.