Photography Tip: Use Your Building to LIght Portraiture

When doing a portrait, one of the things that makes an extraordinary photograph is the depth of the person’s eyes.  The effect of “pushing light in the eyes” can be done in several ways including setting up strobes in large softboxes or reflectors to bounce light towards the subject.   The idea is to make a nice, big light source, the bigger the better.  But what if you just want to take your camera in daylight?  Use your building to your advantage on a sunny day.  You find a large reflective wall to bounce light back in to the eyes.   If you can set your aperture to be pretty wide open (like f5.6 or so) and you position your subject so that the sun reflects off of the building.   A light colored garage door works too.   More..