Amateur photography in the room. part 1.
I firmly believe that quality portraits can be done well at home, saving our time, money and nerves. Moreover, because home environment is familiar to a person, it is much easier for model to relax. Your shots will be made even better then in the photo laboratory!
The secret domestic portraits, like many other things in this life is in their simplicity. You do not require expensive studio lamps or fanciful backdrop with characters from cartoons depicting the beach or false. A sofa, located near the window will be enough. It is highly desirable that the sofa is not covered with a fine figure as such a background distracts attention from the object of shooting.
Unfortunately, daylight from a window is not enough for full coverage of the scene, while he serves as the main source of light. Below we will discuss various possibilities for additional lighting.
The Photo Flash
The easiest way to further illuminate the scene using a built photo flash. Sad to say, but it usually leads to the appearance of red eye. However, it should be noted that due to the presence of sunlight from the window pupils withdraw the facility will be reduced more than in the dark room, so the effect of "Red Eye" will be weaker.
In addition, the photo flash distributes narrow light, while the portrait shooting needs softer, diffused lighting. The disadvantage of this method is the emergence of a large sharp shadows behind divert attention from the object. Shadow comes from the more powerful external flash of light than the general illumination.
When working with the shadow photo flash can be mitigated by placing it in front of a piece of white translucent plastic or paper. This will provide a soft, scattered light. But it should be remembered that the quantity of light, falling directly on the object will decrease, so it will require an increase endurance. However, some outbreaks permit to regulate the intensity of light that could also be a solution to the problem.
If there is a sufficient amount of light, for example, if the portrait was next to a window, you can make photos without the flash, getting good exposure through its correction (EV compensation). Changes in exponumbers positive side gives a better picture. However, it may be that increasing numbers exposition leads not only to highlight dark areas of photos, but also to excessive lightening of already bright areas.