Photographer Oleg Ti knows light. He also knows how to share that knowledge. In this post he will use the D1 monolight to show us how to do hard light portraits. Keep reading. You won’t regret it.
The most difficult thing in photography is to develop your own method or “algorithm of behavior” during the shoot. Everyone has the same challenge, but the result is different – primarily because the decisions made by each individual are different, even under the same conditions. I believe that the main value of any photographer is not just in his skill set or knowledge base, but in the way that he applies it.
In the workshops I host, I am often asked why I chose this source of light, why I chose this way of lighting, this position of light, the power, direction etc etc. And often I answer: I do not know, because the process is intuitive, instinctive. But we all know that intuition is also “skill set,” one that totally unique to you.Trying different ways of lighting, searching for your own unique approaches, arguing with yourself and, ultimately finding your own solutions and methods – that is what will make you and your work better.
Methods don’t happen immediately. They are formed over time, via accumulated experience, experimentation, and the knowledge that is collected as a result. And, in my lessons, I try not to just give you the information on how this was made, but to also impart to you my thought process to help you to build your own.
I always like to re-experience the great pleasure of shooting a portrait with hard light. It is an opportunity to enjoy playing with light, shapes, shadows and beauty of the model. So, here it is – the best way to understand what goes into hard light portraits. Let’s begin! Read More