Photography is fundamentally about composition, subject, and light. There are no good photographs that don’t have all three elements. As such, you are always seeking to be creative in your compositions, your subject matter, and in your usage of light.
We are constantly seeking to improve the quality of our art. Sara and I have been to countless world class museums during our travels abroad (Louvre, Uffizi, National Gallery in London…) and one of the main things you will note in the masters of painting is their usage of light. How one employs light evokes emotion, provides depth, and can often tell much of a story. Consider The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt in this post. Rembrandt was a master of light who used lighting that was not directly head on but from the side to add drama and depth to his art.
If Rembrandt were a photographer he would employ something called “off-camera flash.” This is a technique that allows a greater sense of depth, drama, and emotion to your images. It allows for more timeless and iconic images. When one uses “on-camera flash” photos will have a more flat feel to them as the light is coming from the same source and direction as the camera itself.
Below is one example of the new off-camera flash setup from this past weekends’ wedding:
For photographers who are wondering the setup, it is as follows: