Direction of Light: Your Key to Better Portrait Photography

Tuesday, January 15, 2013  |  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Speaker: Neil van Niekerk
Event Type: Photography

I was asked the following question in an interview:
Is there a single thing that you can tell us that would improve our flash photography instantly if we were to do this one simple thing?

My answer came from a simple realization that took me years to really grasp:
It is all about the direction and the quality of the light. Whether you use natural light, on-camera flash, off-camera flash, multiple light setups or video light – it all comes down to exactly that - the direction and quality of light. Once you recognize this aspect of photography and lighting, then the door is wide open for you to be able to comfortably use any light source.

Neil van Niekerk

Like most photographers, Neil's interest in this wonderful medium is quite diverse.  he is a full time professional photographer, specializing in weddings and portrait photography.  He also presents workshops on flash photography and lighting, and has written a book on flash photography.  Neil also maintain's a blog – Tangents – an educational resource for photographers  These articles on the website range over a wide range of topics such as flash photography and lighting, exposure techniques, digital workflow and other aspects of digital photography.

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