News Flash! Ban the Flashbulbs and Use Natural Lighting for Superior Portrait Photographs at Any Time of Day

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A world class photographer dispels a popular myth and reveals a new way to add strong emotional impact to portrait photographs by using natural light

In natural light I find myself continually amazed at what can happen

Most people believe that outdoor portrait photographs can only be taken using natural light for a couple of hours each day. Now Bobbi Lane, a master portrait photographer who has taken creative portraits for major clients and stock for the past 30 years, dispels this myth and sheds some light on the subject of taking stunning portraits without the aid of flash at any time of day. Lane answers 7 of the biggest questions about natural light portraits on this week's free "7 Photography Questions" podcast with host Dr. Audri Lanford.

"In natural light I find myself continually amazed at what can happen," Lane says. "The possibilities are truly endless. A lot of photography classes only talk about light in terms of what's your exposure, as opposed to the direction, the quality, and the depth of the light. Those are the things that are going to determine what your viewer feels about your subject."

During this week's free "7 Photography Questions" podcast, Lane reveals:

  •     The three cardinal rules for shooting portrait photography in natural light.
  •     The single biggest mistake people make when they take portraits in natural light.
  •     How to capture the right moment in portraits, especially when the light is changing.
  •     How to take stunning portraits in natural light at any time of day.
  •     The best lens, gear, and other accessories for portrait photography.
  •     How to best take candid shots, even in low light.

Towards the end of the podcast Lane also discusses some of her own portrait photographs and explains the concepts and techniques she used when shooting them. Click here to find the current podcast called "Portrait Photography - An Interview with Bobbi Lane".

Interviews with top photographers are posted to every Tuesday. Listeners can use any computer to hear the podcast at the website, or easily download it to any MP3 player, or subscribe at iTunes for iPods and iPhones. The text of the interviews are also posted to the website, as well as Show Notes, the photographs that are discussed, and all of the resources mentioned in each podcast. You can find all the current podcasts here:

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