A week or so ago, I had the opportunity to work with talented Denver studio portrait photographer, Mark Pells, on an ambitious headshot project for the theatre department at my son's school.
As a completely self-taught photographer and a HUGE fan of natural light, it was fascinating to watch Mark create magic with his studio lights. I found it most interesting to learn that I am often drawn to or actively seeking out the very conditions in the field, which he sought to create in the studio.
Thought I'd share a few of my personal favorite conditions through examples, in case you're curious to experiment the next time you're out photographing your family and friends.
These are all photos I took on a single walk with my son on a bright, sunny afternoon in Denver (as you can see in the first photo below). These photos were all taken with a 100mm macro lens with a Canon 5D, set on aperture priority (all shots are between apertures of 2.8 and 4.5).