A couple of days ago, I read a pretty compelling post entitled Photograph Those You Love by Zack Arias. It made me realize that it had been awhile since I put more than “quick snapshot” effort into taking pictures of the kids. Today, we had beautiful weather and still had some nice fall colors here in central Ohio, so the timing could not have been better. So, despite some grumbling, I drug the kids out and got some nice shots made.
For those interested in the technical elements, here you go. The lighting basically amounted to a three-light setup. The first was a flash, gelled with a 1/4 CTO to help warm it up, mounted on a light stand with a shoot through umbrella. The second was the sun coming from back camera left, serving as a separation light. And finally, I used a large reflector front camera right to kick some of that sunlight back up to fill in the shadows on their faces. This is the kind of lighting setup that I would never have thought to try until making my way through David Hobby’s Strobist blog, but it’s amazing how easy and effective this kind of thing is. This kind of extra effort helps turn simple snapshots into portraits worth framing.