I arrived at the International Wedding Institute, Hasselblad's annual school for wedding photographers in Tucson, Arizona, a day early to get a feel for things and scout locations for outdoor portraiture. I didn't have to look far.
If you take a close look
at all of the photographs in this article all you will see is one light
pattern. That's it! No Rembrandt lighting. No broad lighting. No
split-lighting. No sidelighting, or backlighting. Just one light pattern! ...
It may surprise you that many people taking pictures today are quite shocked when they see the results of their efforts. "That isn't what I saw when I took the picture!" they say. Or worse: "How did this happen?"
My Hasselblad gives me unlimited vision. "Ideal" is another way of putting it. I never have to think or compose any of my images to fit into a pre-prescribed format. Horizontal? Vertical? Things I never have to consider. Cropping? Why not...
One of the most beautiful, natural forms of illumination has to be window light. The warm rays of summer gently filtered through window glass or the cool light reflected off winter’s snow all create the ethereal glow that’s soft enough for portraits. The examples shown here are but a few of the myriad of possibilities.