We’ve all experienced “bad light”. The difference is, the best photographers in the world know how to use, manipulate and control lighting in any situation to create iconic images.
Recently, I was in Las Vegas teaching at Project Obscura hosted by H&H Color Lab and I was forced to work outside from 9am until 5pm. As you can imagine, lighting conditions were changing by the minute. So being able to work in these conditions was crucial to creating successful images.
All the images will see here were created with nothing but available light and a silver reflector as needed. This is important to understand. I’m not denouncing flash photography. In fact, I’m a huge user of off-camera flash, but in this class I was trying to teach and showcase how you can control any light at any time of day. In my opinion, it’s much easier to work in a blacked out room and add lighting as needed. The level of difficulty increases tenfold when you are trying to control and manipulate the harsh sun and still create strong images. That was the point I was making.