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Types of Light for your Portrait

When getting a portrait done, it is important to consider the different elements that make up the picture in order to get the best possible outcome. One of the most important elements of such pictures is lighting. Different types of lighting will give you different outcomes, so it is important that you and your photographer decide what works best for you.

Windows and Daylight
Daylight provides a unique type of light that is very soft and offers a high degree of contrast. It is very important that the light is behind you and not in front of you because the intensity of the daylight will make for some irregular photos. Direct sunlight has excellent shadow-casting properties that will benefit some people.

The quality of the lighting will be affected by factors such as the size of the window and the opacity as well. Large windows will offer a more diffused light while smaller windows may act as a small spotlight.

Photographers will usually place the subject so that the light falls lightly in front of them and not from behind, this will ensure that the subject is seen clearly and it is not too bright. Floor length windows can be covered with masking tape or old newspaper in order to have the light fall of at an angle which will focus the attention towards the subject.

Fill-in lighting
White reflectors and flood lighting are the 2 most common methods of fill-in illumination and are usually the simplest too. A large piece of white cardboard works just fine for this purpose, the aim is to reflect the light from a primary source and bounce it off the white board to the subject. If the level of illumination provided by the secondary source is brighter than the primary source then the subject will get lost, which is why it is important for the photographer to take control of his setting.

Getting the illumination right can be a tricky affair for amateur photographers, some experimentation is definitely necessary in order to get the best results possible; keep in mind that the position of the light will be on or near the axis of the camera, which makes the use of a flash perfect for such situation.

Two Windows
Getting the right lighting conditions for your portrait will be much easier if there are two windows at a different angle. The amount of light coming into the room will be larger and the photographer will have an easier time controlling the portrait elements to his liking. If the windows are on adjacent walls, one window can function as the primary source and the other can be used as a fill-in.

Backgrounds
If you’re using a background for your portrait, keep in mind that backgrounds always end up looking much darker than what they actually are. The reason for this is due to the increase of fall-out in the illumination levels as you get further from the background. Remember that shadows cast by the subject aided by a flash should not be visible on the background once the picture has been taken. If you can still see a shadow it is probably because the flash is too bright.

Shooting Outside
Shooting outside will obviously mean that the photographer will have close to zero control over the illumination, which is why using a flash might be a good idea as it might become too unpractical to carry around a white piece of cardboard in order to use as a fill-in.

Keep in mind that these guidelines are not meant to be a definitive guide and that it might always be a good idea to play around with lighting elements and illumination in order to get the best pictures.

What You Should Know About Boudoir Photography

Boudoir PhotographyBoudoir photography refers to a type of photography that is usually taken in an intimate setting and it is usually done by women as a fun gift for their partner. Boudoir photography has become increasingly popular in recent years and many couples are now buying each other boudoir sessions to spice up their love life.

The term “boudoir” comes from the French language and originally referred to a lady’s private room. The term has evolved and is now most closely associated with boudoir photography. Boudoir photography can be a lot of fun for the person involved and should not feel awkward or uncomfortable at all. Since our perception of beauty varies greatly across each person, boudoir photography subjects should be able to feel comfortable in their own skin but also comfortable around their photographer. This is why choosing the right photographer for you and doing your research will go a long ways towards getting the expected results.

Every woman is sexy in their own particular way. Feelings of unattractiveness, paranoia or fear have no place in a boudoir photography session. Ignore the size 0 models that you see every day in magazines and advertisements and learn to appreciate your body for what it is.

Make sure you pick an outfit that benefits you and makes you feel comfortable. A boudoir photography session has plenty of time that allows for outfit changes so make sure you bring at least 2-3 different outfits to the session. Speak to your photographer beforehand to get a feel of what you’re both looking to get out of the session and discuss the photography elements and how he will use them to your advantage. Keep in mind that a professional photographer should keep an open mind in order to discuss these topics if necessary.

In case you’ve decided to do your own make up make sure you pick a look that works for you. Speak to your photographer to get an idea of what your face will look like on print. If you’ve decided to get professional make up done, it might be a good idea to go to a salon or a department store make up counter to get new ideas for a look and see what a professional make-up artist recommends.

When it comes to choosing the right setting for your session, keep in mind that most studios won’t offer to get this done at their studio due to privacy concerns. The most common setting for boudoir photography are taken at home in your own personal bedroom. Some women may still decide to get their pictures taken at a studio. As always, make sure you discuss this with your photographer so that he may help you get the best pictures possible.

If you’re still feeling pretty nervous about the whole ordeal, you may consider getting a group session with your best friends. Many photographers will come to your home and gladly perform a group photo session and suggest improvements to get the best possible pictures. Some photographers will also offer couple’s session which can be extremely romantic and appealing for couples who are a bit open minded. A great recommendation for group or couples’ boudoir photography session is to rent out a hotel room for the weekend and decorate the room with candles, roses and other romantic motifs.

If you’re not fully satisfied with the way the pictures turned out, you should discuss the possibility of retouching your pictures. Most photographers nowadays use digital manipulation to improve the way their pictures look. This may be something subtle like light manipulation or removing a few blemishes here and there.

If privacy is a concern during your boudoir session, rest assured that a professional photographer will keep your pictures secured and in strict confidence; if you’re still worried it might be a good idea to discuss the privacy policy with your photographer.