Ambient “lighting” is easy

Esther BeatonAustralian Geographic, Behind the Scenes, New South Wales, People Photography, Photography Lighting, Photography Techniques, Photoshop and Lightroom, Professional Photography

Sometimes you don’t have to work at creating a background because you are blessed with the colours of nature. Or you’re just smart enough to go out at sunrise or sunset.

Both of these pictures are pre-dawn. The colour in the sky at this time is called “afterglow” and I especially like this twilight time for the two-tone effect. 

However, you have to add some light because with the subject’s back to the light, the front is completely dark.

In the first one, with short sleeves, I used fill flash – my favourite weapon of choice – as I so frequently keep telling you guys. With the one with jacket, I used fill flash also, but not quite enough. Thank God for Lightroom’s brush! I used it to lighten the front of the subject and add contrast as well. Boy I could never had done that in the old days; the photo would have been a discard.