Springs is TRYING to get here, and when it does, we'll be flooded with gorgeous pastels of apple blossoms and dandelions. I love to photograph girls in those light tones and delicate colors. It's such a kick to be outside in all that beauty along with the warm temps after being couped up inside for SO long!
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Today, many portrait photographers are jumping on the technique of buying digital backgrounds and putting their subjects in those locations! I'm not kidding! I know, ridiculous, right? Sure, it seems cool. Set up lighting in the studio and choose your background. But this is yet another nail in the coffin of creating portraits that people can trust as reasonably honest.
As an on-location photographer, I find this practice appalling and contributing the the devaluing of what we do. Obviously canvas backgrounds and other techniques have been around for ages. But technology today permits doing it absolutely seamless such that no one can tell whether you were actually there, or if the photo is faked.
All that said, I actually DO use the technology to perform a similar but to me perfectly legitimate purpose.
Yesterday I photographed a girl at a location near here. But in my view, I goofed by shooting from too high of an angle. So I went back today to rephotograph the scene separately from a lower angle. The lighting wasn't the same, even though I did it at exactly the same time of day. But overall I do prefer the final result.
Why am I OK with this and not dropping a purchased background behind her? Well, the difference seems obvious. In my case she WAS there, and if I wouldn't tell her, she wouldn't know it was a composite in Photoshop. The other technque... scene swaps... not so much.
Most photographers don't agree with me. The popular justification is that we are "artists" and in art there are no boundaries. Well, OK, but this practice contributes to the the decline of our worth. It's sort of like movies... Who is impressed with special effects anymore or would pay more to see a movie with big CGI stuff?
In Boudoir photography, "natural light" photography is a bit more appropriate than in some other types of photography because much of it is done indoors. Indoors we have more options for subject placement. However, there's still a need to know light and how to control it. This opens up more possibilities.
The "Before" on the left was done with window light. The "After" on the right was done with an LED on the background, and a flash on her hair, and dropping the shades on the windows in the living room.