Holiday 2012: Home Portraiture and Lighting

We took a few minutes to speak with Mr. Joey Quintero, professional photographer and lecturer at the B&H Event Space, about ways we can improve our photography, especially in terms of portraits and basic lighting techniques.

Creative Lighting Techniques for Big Events

Wikipedia succinctly defines wedding photography as “the photography of activities relating to weddings. It encompasses photographs of the couple before marriage as well as coverage of the wedding and reception."

A Portrait Studio at the Reception

Most catering halls are designed with photography in mind—they often have a choice of backgrounds in the form of fountains, sweeping stairways, polished brass and crystal-laden lighting fixtures that can really dress up group portraits.

Three Ways to Shoot a Quick, Last-Minute Portrait

As the only pro photographer in my neighborhood, I sometimes get asked to shoot a quick photo of an event or a friend at the very last minute. My studio is only 15 minutes away, but I do most of my file processing, printing, and gear prep in my home office.

Lighting Food

What is often missed when approaching a plate of food is its unique architecture, which begins with the vessel or plate. There is no substitute for moving it around and rotating it in-camera, arranging the elements utilizing the unique perspective of the lens in use. This is a lesson I learned doing interiors. Many of the spaces that you see depicted in glossy architectural publications couldn't be lived in as photographed, but rather appear as though they could be.

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