“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.”—Vladimir Horowitz
Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz was arguable one of the finest classical pianists of all time, yet even he had to practice every day.
Regular readers of this blog know I believe that the best way to improve your photography is practice. I think you should photograph something, anything really, each day or at least every week so you can get to the point where you don’t have to think about how to operate your camera. When I take a camera on my daily walk, even when shooting the oft-photographed lake and gazebo in the park near my home, I learn something about the camera I used that will result in better pictures next time
If there’s any secret to this idea is that you shouldn’t worry about producing master-pieces each time you go out. Use your camera as a sketchpad to explore possibilities and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Sometimes these “sketches” will be successful, sometimes not, but learn from your analysis of the images. As Yoda told Luke “There is no try, just do.”
For glamour portraits, you should look for indoor locations where the best light is found. While it may seem obvious, it seems to me many available light portraits are made in locations where the photographer or their subject decide to make it without consideration of what is the lighting is like in this location—or even what does the background looks like.
In my former home, my favorite place to shoot portraits using the North-facing bay window in the kitchen or for dramatic lighting, as used in this portrait, the long, thin windows in my living room. Camera was a Canon EOS 50D and EF 85mm f/1.8 lens, my favorite for available light photography.
You may have a similar location in your home and never thought such an unlikely location would be a great place to make a portrait. Think about it now.
Joe is the author of the “Available Light Glamour Photography.” that’s available from Amazon with new copies priced at the amazing price of $9.99 (plus shipping.) If they;’re scooped up by the time you get there, used copies are selling for $10.50 (plus shipping,) about half of the Prime price.