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Portraits, at least for me, are one of the most challenging photos to pull off. We like to look good in photos, that the first challenge to overcome and there are a vast amount of techniques and principles that must be followed in order for us to overcome this challenge. So in the photos below I tried my hardest to at least find good lighting and then work with that.

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1 – Mike 1 – Dubois, ID 09/29/10 – f/5.6, 1/400, ISO 100 – SONY A100

2 – Mike 2 – Dubois, ID 09/29/10 – f/5.6, 1/400, ISO 100 – SONY A100

3 – Kimber – Dubois, ID 09/29/10 – f/5.6, 1/400, ISO 100 – SONY A100

All three of these portraits were shot during the most challenging circumstances imaginable. It was in the middle of the day, not a cloud in the sky and the light was extremely harsh. I knew I couldn’t shoot anywhere but the shade but also knew that if I shot there, I would have to fight harsh shadows. So my first goal was to find something that filtered or reflected the light so that I could get optimal soft lighting. My answer came from a little shop window that had been tinted yellow over the years. Because it was tinted yellow, the shop window proved to work well in filtering the harsh mid-day light. With that filtered light I could highlight my subjects faces while maintaining the features. I was lucky to find that spot.



  1. Your portraits turned out great! Great placement and lighting in both.

  2. Wow! Not only are the pictures great, but you have a talent of engaging one with your writing. And I’m not just saying that because I’m in a picture – which by the way I would love to get the files for – but all the pictures really are good!

    • Thank-you Mike. And you got it, I’ll get you the original files.

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