Oliver Lang is regarded as one of the masters of light within the mobile photography community. In this photo tutorial (originally posted on the Backspaces storytelling app). Lang shares a few insights into how he sees and experiments with natural light.
All shots in this series are taken with the iPhone 4S using ProCamera for precise focus and exposure control.
Shooting models with an iPhone is a great way to learn portraiture. The iPhone has no (optical) zoom, and the flash is useless. It forces you to move and adapt. I’m looking forward to taking the lessons learned and applying it to candid and street portraiture.
1. Dappled light can work, but ensure the eyes are lit.
2. Natural light through a reflection or coloured glass can be rewarding.
3. Communicating the poses, styling, lighting and shooting – all at once to get the most in a shot.
4. Layer colours, shadows, textures. Have people interact with their environment.
For those of you interested in finding out more about how Lang gets such precise control over his exposures than head over to the Snapguide below. In the guide, Lang walks you through the ProCamera focus, exposure and full screen trigger controls.
ProCamera is available from the AppStore for $4.99.