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Modified "garage lighting"

November 02, 2016

While the term "garage lighting" is somewhat new to me, the concept and my use of such was not. It's kind of an open shade concept. This refers to actually using the garage opening with you subject just on the edge of the shaded area. Such positioning provides a soft natural light that can be directional based on the time of day or modified to become more directional or dramatic with reflectors or light subtracting devices.

these photos were made in just a few minutes using that concept on the porch of our house as visitors departed a recent visit. The light has a bit more wrap-around as the open porch allows light from two directions. One of the photos - of my father and his sister - has the sun behind them and over to the right as you view the image. A reflector and light subtracting modifier would have added more depth and sculpting. However there was a deadline and we were all running late.

The other photo of my parents and my cousin is made at the northern end of the porch. The sun in the southern sky and the open front porch provided the main light and nice light for all subjects.

Both of these made in just a few minutes along with a group photo using the built in self-timer. I didn't even have time to dig out the remotes before we departed.

I've long enjoyed the use of open or edge shade for portraits along with a reflector or remote fired unit in a softbox for more formal images.