January 23, 2010

Instructor Insight: David Robin Goes with the Grain for Dramatic Portraits

Light is the photographer's primary tool.And some of the best light we might encounter needs nothing more than our ability to record what we see. Many times this requires the use of a high ISO (or fast film) and results in a grainy or a noisy image. But all is not lost to the resulting grain/noise. In fact, many of my most successful portraits have been created using this grain/noise to my advantage.

Noise indeed can be distracting in an RGB image shot at a high ISO. By simply converting the file to grayscale it can become something quite different and wonderful. This image wase made using available light, a high ISO and utilizing the resultant grain/noise as an intentional element of the final image.

So explore the possibilities of available light and don't be afraid to use those higher ISOs.You might just get that wonderful shot that otherwise might have been missed!

You can learn more from David in his workshop 
Dramatic Portraits
March 7-13, 2010

Visit his web site www.davidrobin.com to see what he's up to.

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