Created by Kenneth Peters Photography
Whether you are landscape photographer or a portrait photography understanding lighting is crucial for capturing the image you desire. A portrait photographer has more flexibility than a landscape photographer in the case that he or she can manipulate and add light. The picture above is perfect example of this. The studio lighting technique in the picture above is called River Crop Lighting. I used two light sources each about 3 feet away fromt the subject. One of the lights was directly to her right and the other was to her left. Each light source was point at a 90 degree angle from the camera pointing directly at the subject. Once you have the lighting set up and the picture captured you need to properly develop it. Recently I was introduced to Nik's Software called Silver Efex from friend Dave Carrigon. This software allows you to control pretty every aspect of your black and white developing. I prefer Lightroom and the Silver Efex comes as plugin so my work flow did not have to change. In the photo above I used several control points around the subject to darken and make the background uniform. I then used several control points where the two lights met in the middle of the subjects face to lighen up shadows. I wanted still leave some of the shadows but lightening up where they merge change the dynamics of the picture. All of this was very easy to accomplish with Silver Efex. If you are looking for some software to help maximize your back and white shots Silver Efex is great way to go.