The past few weeks I’ve been out several times to photograph strangers on the streets of NY. While street photography is an enormous genre in the city and there are tons of photographers who capture fantastic images, I’m a portrait photographer, not a street photographer. I’m interested as much in a person’s face as I am in the scene, so to capture the faces of New York in the best way I know how meant bringing lighting on location. With a pretty minimal setup and the help of a friend we made some portraits of just a few of the characters willing to take a minute out of their day to pose for a photo.
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One of the biggest challenges that we face as photographers is developing our own style that is not only recognizable, but resonates with our target audience. Many of us start the quest as solely natural light photographers and some choose to stay here indefinitely, which is fine. Sure, there are many ways that natural light can be manipulated, however, this is such a limiting factor both developmentally and financially. A very common and natural progression for portrait photographers is the transition from natural light to toying with artificial light.
Check out this fantastic post from photographer Tim Gerges with a Behind the Scenes look at a recent shoot!
When it comes to light modifiers, we photographers have an abundance of choices today: from large softboxes and octaboxes (soft light), to zoom reflectors and silver umbrellas (hard light) and everything else in between. As a beauty photographer, however, I feel like we have fewer options than portrait and fashion photographers who can use the whole range of those lights.