I've been working a lot with my SLR and trying to figure out how to get each picture a little better then the last.
The most important thing in a photograph is lighting. You might want to debate it but here's my philosophy. . . all photos are is light going through a hole and hitting a surface (be it film or digital). So it's really important to get that light right and make the hole (aperature) right too.
First, I want to talk about natural light. You can give your portraits an extra glow with a reflector. A reflector does just what it says. . . reflects light onto your subject. Angle your reflector to bounce some beautiful natural light back on your subject and give them that "glow."
Here's Nick holding our 25¢ reflector (a piece of poster board.) I also made a reflector out of tinfoil but it was a little harder to get a nice even glow. We finally got it right you can see the "glowing" effect in the picture of my momma.
|Here's Nick holding a reflector AND a glow worm.|
What a guy!
|This is the picture with the light bouncing onto her face.|
Original (no photoshop)
|This is with a TINFOIL homemade reflector. . . holding it with one hand and taking a picture with the other.|
Sometimes I wish I was an octopus.