Lighting Freebie

Even though I’m a gear minimalist, I find it prudent to have my lighting kit at hand.

By comparison to my peers, it’s a trivial amount of equipment. I carry just two light stands, two flashes, AA batteries, an umbrella, and one plastic light modifier designed by Gary Fong.

I haven’t booked a session in years that required more lighting horsepower than my standard setup.

Despite having these effective tools at my disposal, I always look for the natural light option first. Typically I end up with a combination of available and supplemental light.

If I get lucky, the daylight served up by nature will be better than anything I can concoct. That’s exactly what happened with this portrait from Emeryville, California.

Those free streaks of light added another element to a photograph that was already a winner.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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