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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 The Stars above Vis Harbor. I loved the town of Vis and the island of Vis - lovely quiet little place off the coast of Croatia. See more of it including an animation of this star stacking AND one angry hooded crow that really wanted to take out my drone! http://photorec.tv/croatia Captured with the #GH5 and 12-60 f/2.8-4 Lens | 41 exposures of 60 seconds in length - done in camera - the GH5 allows up to 60 second shutter speeds. Nifty!
 Trailer park girls be like… Part of the Sony set for shooting last week at #SonyKandotrip Thanks to @artbyadelaide for being awesome. Captured with the #Sony #a9 and #2470Gmaster
 Sony has announced two new lenses and I have had early access to both, shooting on an a7RII and a9 and have sample photos and thoughts on the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra Wide-angle. Watch by clicking on through my profile link or visiting http://photorec.tv/sonywide


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