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Educational Series: Natural Light Photography

The most important aspect of photography is lighting. Without light there would be no photographs. It’s a simple reality of physics: A camera, like your eye, needs light for images to be seen. Light, from any source, travels through space and hits objects in the world. That light then bounces off of those objects in all directions. When that light hits the lens of a camera, or your eye, we “see” the objects in their physical space. Most people don’t know that there are different types of light that come from different sources. In photography, we spend a great deal of time dealing with natural light and artificial light. In this blog post we are going to talk about natural light. Natural light is the light that exists in the world as a product of the natural environment. The greatest source of this light is the sun. Natural light cannot be controlled in all places and it is important for a photographer to understand how this light will affect a photograph, especially in a circumstance such as an outdoor wedding. Natural light plays a significant role in candid shots and photojournalism. While the light source can’t always be controlled, a trained and talented photographer understands the different aspects of light such as warmth (light temperature), tone, contrast, etc. and can make sure that the photographs truly capture what the eye sees.      A professional photographer, like those at JSPStudio, using professional cameras can adjust the camera settings to best capture the existing light. Many people who take pictures with camera phones or digital cameras can understand the importance of natural light and the fact that it can ruin a photograph just as easily as make for a great one. Anyone who has ever tried to take photographs at night vs. the day or with the sun glaring in the background understands that a careful balance and care for natural light is very important. The photographs below show natural light when it is captured with a perfect balance of tone, contrast and warmth.

Educational Series: Wedding Fashion Photography

Fashion photography can be viewed as existing between still-life and portraiture photography. Fashion photographs are carefully planned and exist as compositional pieces of art. In essence, fashion photographs take the fundamentals and toss them on their head. Lighting is used to its most dramatic affect. The environment becomes a statement. Most fashion photography pushes the bounds of what we have already seen; it is uninhibited and Avant Garde. Wedding fashion photography, of course, incorporates the bride and/or groom. However, they aren’t the primary subject or focus of the photograph. They will still look beautiful, but they become part of the environment. The pictures below are examples of fashion photography. JSPStudio blends all major disciplines of photography to provide the best photographs imaginable for you wedding or important life moment. This is the heart of photojournalism with a fashion flare.

Educational Series: Still Life Photography

Still-life, as a subject of art, has existed for thousands of years. In that time-frame still-life photography is relatively new. When the first cameras were developed, still-life photography was preferential due to the length of time it took for one photograph to be shot (the first cameras took too long to capture moving objects). Still-life is the practice of arranging inanimate objects, using light and compositional skills to generate a beautiful photograph that captures the essence of the objects. The objects are prepared and in this regard still-life photography is the exact opposite of photojournalism which captures events as they happen. In many ways a photographer “makes” still-life photography instead of “taking” pictures as they happen. Some would believe that still-life photography is simple, but it is anything but. A photographer who is aiming to capture still-life really has to have a precise sense of lighting, atmosphere, angles and spatial awareness. A photographer, like those at JSPStudio, trained properly in still-life techniques can combine it with other disciplines to capture the essence of weddings, events and other life achievements. As the photographs below show, still-life photography can be quite catching.