This week is another in a series of lighting assignments, Natural Light Portraits. This is a very inclusive assignment that can be done by everyone, whether you have a point and shoot or pro-level camera, are a beginner or experienced. Remember, no use of artificial light, even for fill. Use of a reflector to bounce natural light will be fine.
Keep in mind this is natural light photography. Using indoor lighting such as table lamps or overhead lighting is not part of this assignment even when used as a secondary light source. You can do natural lighting indoors near a window, but don'tadd artificial lighting to it.
For additional help:
13 Tips for Improving Outdoor Portraits
Using Reflectors to Light Your Subject
Human portraits are preferable, but I don't want you to skip the assignment if you don't have a willing subject, so a pet can be substituted.
Here's me looking just a bit tired:
Shutter speed: 1/8
Focal length: 71mm
SOOC, but cropped
As always, the rules...Please note the change in closing time.
Just a note to new posters: DO NOT start a new thread for your post. Please just hit the reply button at the bottom of any current post and put your image there.
1. Your image you submit should be taken between the 8th of April and the 22nd of April. Each week as an assignment closes on the Wednesday, it will be AUTOMATICALLY deemed *CLOSED* after 8am GMT ( 3am EST) and any posts after that time will not be eligible for the assignment competition. Don't wait until the last minute to post!
2. Your post must include "Assignment: Natural Light Portraits" (to show your permission to count it for the contest) and the date the picture was taken (to show that it is a valid entry).
3. EXIF data should be intact. It helps if you can include the main points (including camera, lens, date taken, ISO, shutter speed and aperture) in the text of your message.
4. Only one entry per member (if you can't restrain yourself until the end of the first week you can post two or three separate pictures but your entry should be in a separate post and the only marked with the text above).
5. Remember the cross-site image size limit (800px on the longest side).
6. If the image does not exist in post at the end of the contest, it is disqualified. If you modify anything on flickr and re-save the image then the link is broken and the message needs edited to link the picture again before it will be included in the contest.
For everyone, please do not repeat other people's photos by quoting them until the contest is over. If you want to comment on or discuss an entry you can use a link to it (or just delete the picture from the quoted text).
7. If you are looking for the winners of the mini-contest, please check the front page of the DPS blog Saturday late afternoon (EST) and here.
Next week let's try a fun assignment, "Jump!" It's become a popular style of portraits lately with bridal parities and families jumping all over the place , but it can be interpreted in a new way. How creative can you be to make your picture stand out?