Seeing the Light
Lighting for Travel Portraiture
The light was perfect: a wide, diffuse illumination permeating the dark, narrow confines of the barber's shop from the open door, side lighting his face with a quality that a studio portrait photographer in Kensington with fish fryer, hazy heads and reflectors would struggle to replicate. I focused my lens on the barber’s nearest eye and pressed the shutter, mindful of the need to make the picture before my victim became too self-conscious, then fine-tuned the composition, re-focused and shot again. As the light revealed all the texture in his beard, a portion in my mind registered then and there the potential of the shoot for the black and white treatment.
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