Photographers have an easier job than farriers. But there’s still a lot to learn if you want to do it right.
Environmental portraits of people are one thing. Environmental portraits of people and animals are another!
In this class, you’ll follow Karl as he photographs a farrier at work with his horse, working in a dusty stable-yard in bright sunlight.
This class will teach you to overcome challenges, including cutting out ambient light, balancing multiple lights, and getting the best composition.
You’ll see the step-by-step process of achieving this shot as Karl shares his camera settings and lighting setup, explaining his thought process and creative decisions.
In this class:
- How to photograph environmental portraits
- How to reduce ambient light when using flash
- How to combine natural light and flash
- Lighting setups for environmental portraits
- Camera settings for environmental portraits
Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.
With many environmental portraits, your subject remains in a fairly fixed position. However, there are exceptions to this, as was the case with this shoot. Instead of working in a fixed position, my subject kept moving between his rig and horse; this meant a versatile lighting setup that would cover both positions was essential.
Working in fairly bright conditions, in a concrete stable-yard also meant I had a lot of ambient light to deal with. This made it particularly tricky as I wanted to achieve a more moody, atmospheric image. This meant I had to adjust my camera settings accordingly to cut out as much daylight as possible.
Finding the best composition was a further challenge that required testing a few different angles, adjusting my lights accordingly and even asking my subject to change the way he worked. In the end, after careful thought and attention to detail, I was able to get a couple of shots that I was very pleased with, as you’ll have seen in the class.