I’ve got a friend lined up to model for me Saturday evening, once I return from a photo-related meeting upstate (more on that later, hopefully!).  I’m hoping to catch the last hour or so of evening light and then work into twilight.  I’ve spent the last couple of evenings studying several photog’s Flickr streams, and think that I’ve got a handle on the look that I want.

Actually, I’m shooting for a couple of looks as the light changes.  For starters, I want to try some colorful, high-key portraits, which will be a combo of an umbrella key light and ambient sun backlight.  (For some great examples of this, check out MostlyLisa’s Flickr stream – her portraits rock!)

Later, as the light falls to twilight, I’m hoping to tryout McNally’s “How to Light an Elf” technique from The Hotshoe Diaries (checkout that chapter here on Google Books).  I won’t have a bridge in the background, but I am trying to workout a location that will show some city lights – or at the very least, some building lights showing through trees.

For this one, I figure on dropping the umbrella and trying a grid, which differs from how McNally shot it.  Dismissing the master’s technique in favor of my own sounds dumb, but who knows, maybe it will work.  And if not, then I’ll jump back to the umbrella and mutter my apologies to the photo gods!

So yeah, this is a short post with no photos (I did have some theory sketches, showcasing more of my mad drawing skills, but I lost them somewhere on my desk).  Sorry about that.  But with any luck, I’ll have satisfying results to share this weekend.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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