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Lighting a clear path in New Zealand Stock Photography

PIXiPIC • 1 year ago

I remember going on photoshoots (in my other life as an Art Director) and helping the photographer lug heavy lights on stands from location to location. Then would follow a lengthy set up time getting every light angled right and with just the right amount of brightness.

Necessary? I don't think so. Real? Definitely not. I only use natural light in my New Zealand stock photography. Let's face it, the sun in New Zealand is hot, strong and bright. It's got more than enough wattage to light my stock photos. 

One of my favourite days to shoot on is actually a cloudy day. Less shadows and a more even spread of sunlight filtering through the clouds. Full sun days can cause blowout in my stock photography. Plus, on a bright bright sunny day - models seem to look almost superimposed on the photos. Which is why I will never understand the need for photographers to light their models up like Christmas trees. It just screams "staged photoshoot". 

Also it's not entirely realistic. New Zealand is the land of the long white cloud after all. It wouldn't be a typical kiwi day without a cloud or two. It all comes back to the idea of recreating real life in stock photography. And what is more real and more life-giving than our god ole scorching New Zealand sun. My very own photographers spotlight!

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