Dragon Hare Studios – I am currently teaching a photography class and I issued my students a challenge that I want to extend to you! I asked my students to go to google images and type in “wedding portraits” or “grad portraits”. Look at the first 50 images and ask yourself if any of them stand out to you? One or two? Or, do they all look similar in style, feel? What surprises me every time I do this, is that every photograph you see in that google search is created by a different photographer!
How can it be that 50 different images, created by 50 different photographers all look like the same photographer created them? The answer lies in the very first thing I teach my photography students. In order for a photograph to have a wow factor, it has to match real life; a photograph is a 2D object that must give the illusion of being 3D and full of dimension, and depth. The way to incorporate this into a photograph is to understand light! The reason those 50 images look the same is because those photographers lack the technical training to understand light. Either you use light to create dimension, or you don’t, it can’t be faked with free actions or presets downloaded off the internet!
Take a look at this portrait of Sabrina that I took on purpose during her session. It looks a lot like the images you see on the google search right? There was no consideration given to the light! What is a photograph without light? It’s a portrait that lacks depth, dimension and life. It’s a portrait in which the sky appears white and skin tones appear dark/muddy. The result of so many photographers that don’t understand this key technical skill, is 50 images on google that look like the same photographer created them all.
Now, contrast the above image with the one of Sabrina below. This image was created in the exact same location, at the exact same time. The sky was the same in the first image as the second. The portraits were literally taken moments apart! Quite a difference hey? Look at that incredible sky!!!!! Look at the life the portrait brings to Sabrina! I simply balanced the light in the sky with the light on Sabrina to change the feel of the image. Photography is all about the light!
How would you prefer to be seen in your portraits? Dreary, lacking life, boring, and the same as thousands of other people? Or would you rather a portrait be filled with your life, light, and your extraordinary, beautiful, unique spirit? At Dragon Hare, we believe you are extraordinary, so why settle for anything less?
Sabrina is graduating today and we want to wish for her a journey full of joy, hope, faith, happiness, creativity and just enough moodiness to offset the drama of life. Congratulations beautiful, enjoy your day!