My attraction to light is a strong as that of a moth to a flame.
It’s the primary tool in my kit, though what I bring with me is relatively small. A couple of little Nikon flash units are all I need.
More often than not, I’m subtracting light rather than adding. If this sounds odd, it’s probably because you haven’t given it much thought.
Think about the windows in your house. If you have shades or curtains that means you’re subtracting the light.
I try to use every bit of light that exists at the moment. It ends up being a balancing act which is the part of the craft that I most enjoy.
For this outdoor portrait in St. Louis, the conditions were just right to blend some decorative bulbs with the diminishing daylight.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.