Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1264 (1:04:22)

Chris Marquardt

Chris is back with part two of his series on shooting portraits and today he's got some tips for lighting the portrait. It's not enough to point a light at someone. Often that does even worse because it washes out the subject. Direction is important and you can play with it. Take a desk lamp and walk around your subject and see how the light changes. Place it above and below, but never straight at the subject. The best light source is also free -- windows. Natural daylight is one of the best light sources for a portrait. It's not direct, and you can turn the subject around to change how the light hits them. You can adjust the distance or close it off altogether.

Leo likes the LumeCube because he can place it anywhere and it can work great with a smartphone camera. And you can change the angle and the brightness. You can also soften it by using some tissue paper to diffuse it.

Don't forget our current assignment - "water." Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of water and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "water" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!