Some brighter subjects this week thanks to lighting with the #PRTV_flash Instagram Challenge.  Something you’ll discover early on taking photos is you need more light. Either you get a faster lens so the sensor receives more light or you make more light of your own. The latter we focused on this week making a bit of creative lighting for great portraits, catching the action with a 2nd curtain, or even one that took things a bit too literally in a good way.

Compounding on this week’s challenge will flow into next week with a product Instagram challenge. Pretend you’re shooting for a magazine and do a full spread of food lit by a softbox. Or aim big doing automotive photography, shooting a car at sunset, something from my background.  Any product, anyway, anyhow, and it’s your choice which way you would like to approach the challenge.

To enter post your photos on Instagram before noon next Friday with the tags #PRTV and #PRTV_product.

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And the team!
Toby – @Photorectoby Roy – @RoyMcKeeIII Rose –  @Randomcreativeart

Roy’s Winner:

Jane has a great photo with dead on exposure in a creative way making a neat story.  Flashes can be props for lighting effects or hidden in a photo easily to make on the spot lighting. In this case, you used that to your advantage creatively making a shot of reading a book turn a bit more magical and a shot to stand out.

Roy’s Honorable Mentions:

Spotlight #prtv_flash I used a 24×24 softbox and the YN 685 speedlight directly in front of her on a lightstand. I usually light from the left or right, but I wanted a get her whole face evenly lit using one light to give a spotlight look. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ #childofig #dearestviewfinder #cpcfeature #prtv #count_itjoy #thesincerestoryteller #lifestylecollective #portraitinspiration #snaplovegrow #childportraits #mixedbabies #curlygirl #stunnersoninsta #stillagirl #illuminatechildhood #portraitimagine #lifeandlensblog #clickmagazine #stunningbabies #magicofchildhood #uniteinmotherhood #igcolorado #lightandlensftm #featurememozi #fearlessandframed #soulfocusinspired #inbeautyandchaos #photographybyheart #thedocumentarymovement

A photo posted by Krystal Weir (@krystalweirphotography) on

Krystal shooting a bit of a classic portrait with a twist makes for a nice shot of her daughter for this week’s challenge. Bringing lighting closer to your subject can create a vignette for your photos used to great effect in this photo. It gives quite the contrast to the wood grain background going black as it will light your subject up nicely to stand out.

Alternatively, unlike Krystal’s photo, you can get quite creative with multi light setups for portraits. Eileen has a neat shot this week using lighting to soften the face but harder light contrasting in the back as a hair light with a blue gel accounting for the color temperature difference. Professionally setups like these would be kept in a “look book” so you’ll have your recipes down when you need them and samples to show your customers.

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 They all had dreams. They all had family. They died for us. Arlington National Cemetery is a heavy place, I can't help but think about all the pain and suffering when presented with row upon row of a headstone representing a fallen soldier and my mind boggles that this still happens today. On this little planet hurtling through an incomprehensible ginormous space - some people think it is ok to kill each other. :( p.s. You should google Cornelius H. Charlton - his story is interesting p.p.s My grandfather is buried in Arlington- my Mom's father was instrumental in designing and implementing early radar systems for the Navy in WW2. Captured with the #Sony #a7RII and #Canon #70200L at 200mm and f/3.2
 #mondaymorningshare - I want to see your failed experiments or favorite photos from the last week. GO TO http://photorec.tv/fb to share your fav image from the past week. Here's my #failedexperiment The US Capitol at Sunset. File this under because I could - a 2 minute exposure with the use of a NISI Filters 10-stop ND. I hoped I would get some interesting wispy movement in the clouds but nothing developed. Next I tried a 6 minute exposure (swipe to see it) and while there may be a little more movement in the clouds it certainly wasn't anything to get excited about. And while I often recommend very carefully shooting building and monuments as symmetrically as possible, I purposefully shot from right of center to avoid losing Ulysses S. Grant statue in the front of the capitol. *  Sony #A7RII and #Canon 2470mm with #NiSiFilters #10StopND
 I love traveling with other photographers on #mckaylive trips. Kari, a trip participant, noticed this line of trees and shared her perspective with me. I had glanced at them but hadn't noticed how nicely they lined up when standing at a certain spot #teacherbecomesthestudent :) We had a great day leaving behind the cherry blossom crowds for a much quieter walk around #HarpersFerryWV. And a visit to #BolivarHeights a much fought over hilltop during the civil war and the site of the largest surrender of Union troops - over 12,000 men surrendered to Stonewall Jackson. *  Captured with the #Panasonic #GH4 and #1235mm lens


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