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All About That Light: Outdoor Portrait

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The key to any great photograph is light. Without it, you have a black screen, no matter if you're a digital or film photographer. I love natural light, and have fought with studio, indoor and flash light for years. The fight of course, was to properly understand how it works, how to mold it and shape it in a flattering way. Most of the time, lighting classes bore you with hours of technical details. I would write everything down and then promptly forget how to read my notes! This year, I decided to face my greatest photography weakness and learn how to properly use indoor and flash (also called Speedlights) lighting. Since I'm a hands on type of person, the best lessons were learned by practice, after watching a pro do the work and talk me through it. Thanks to my family and friends, I've finally gotten a handle on how to use Speedlights and natural light together... Tasha was my willing model, and for her head shot, we started out with natural day light, then added a Speedlight to really make her eyes shine:
©Holli Margell Tasha's bright smile, natural light.

©Holli Margell
Tasha's bright smile, natural light.

©Holli Margell Tasha's big smile, filled with light from nature and a Speedlight!

©Holli Margell
Tasha's big smile, filled with light from nature and a Speedlight!

Now, no matter what the Seattle weather has in store for us, I'm able to shoot oustide and inside to help you shine!
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