Reflections : Maximizing Indoor Lighting

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kay, so after yesterday's lengthy blog post (I know some of you were thinking, you're killing me, Smalls!...$10 itunes gift card to the first person who can name that movie), I decided to keep this post short and sweet. However, seeing how I've already gone on one tangent in the first sentence, I'm not sure if I can actually make it happen.

One of the great things about hosting a photography workshop is I get to do it with JD. He's actually the person who does everything...I simply show up and talk (which is something I'm way good at...duh). JD also shoots behind-the-scene photos, so I thought I'd snag a few and talk about the photo exif data and how we worked with the light, both indoors and outdoors.

Whenever I start a photo shoot for a workshop, I set up the couple, explain what I do, photograph the subjects, then step back for questions or allow the students to practice given the same set up. Here I'm standing about four feet from my subjects, just in front of the window so light from my right side doesn't become a distraction in my frame...


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Here I'm explaining how I photograph a groom, which can sometimes be difficult since guys are less likely to be comfortable/work it for my camera than a bride. I strategically placed Dan at the edge of the window frame so it could illuminate his face, but also in a way that there wouldn't be too much light behind him, which may cause distraction and less depth of field...


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I stood at the opposite edge of the window (as you can see from the light on my arms and shirt), so I wouldn't block the window light from Dan's face...


I then positioned Dan and Rachel on a couch, but the windows (our natural light source) was behind them, so I coached them into turning their faces outward, instead of into each other, causing deeper shadows, and angling Dan's face to the light as much as possible...


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While the couple sat in virtually the same position, I asked Rachel to look at my camera...but, specifically, to sit behind Dan's face, closer to the light source (the windows to the right of the frame), so the illumination was natural and soft...


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We went outside for a bit and while it was slightly overcast, the day was still bright. I pulled the couple just out from under the shade of the tree, then directed them to walk toward me...


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The best part of the day was learning from the attendees. They all brought their personal style and flair, so watching them work their magic with the models was fun and exciting...I am pretty sure we all walked away stronger photographers because of our interactions. I hope this helps you, too, in one way or another!

Happy Thursday!
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kym vitar - a little late on the movie quote, since i see it was from JULY, but my hubs was Benny in The Sandlot!   11.23.11 - 8:23am
Kristi - The Sandlot!! (A little late, I know)  09.07.11 - 10:23am
les wollam - now that was a great lesson for all who attended. wonderful  08.29.11 - 3:18pm
Jessica Sweeney - It always helps. I'm just sad I wasn't there to hear what you were saying. :)  08.14.11 - 11:49pm
TinaLynn Photography - That is one of my all time favorite movie lines ...the sandlot of course. We use it on my boys all the time, lol   08.09.11 - 10:05am
Ashley A-Photo - This post was EXTREMELY helpful. I'm always looking for more posts like these. THankyou THANKYOU THANKYOU!!!!  08.03.11 - 8:50am
Caroline Nicholson - Love this post Jasmine - I'm still rather stoked that I managed to get myself into almost all of your 'behind the scenes' pictures! Brilliant! Oh and by the way - you know Topshop ship to the USA, right?! :o)  08.03.11 - 7:53am
Lisa - It is actually the sandlot. Come on baseball fans.  08.02.11 - 9:51pm
Heather Barnhill - THE SANDBOX! Love that movie! And I love all your posts too, I truly thank you for being such an inspiration help to all of us :) You really are a special person.   08.02.11 - 2:49pm
Sheila Hallmark - Great tips! as usual! But what I want to know is where did you get that AMAZING BLOUSE! LOVE IT!  08.02.11 - 9:05am
kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer} - Great tips thank you!  07.31.11 - 7:38pm
michelle gunton - I love the image of all the photographers behind the couple on the couch. Love your blog, thank you.  07.31.11 - 3:31pm
Karisa Joy - I thought you couldn't get anymore fabulous, until you quoted the Sandlot. Sadly I won't win the giftcard but I had to say.... for-EV-er.  07.30.11 - 7:50pm
Steve - Great information and truly beautiful images. Thank you. Regards Steve  07.30.11 - 9:10am
Corlis Gray - He, Smalls, you wanna s'more? Some more of what? No, do you wanna s'more? I haven't had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing? The Sandlot is a classic! Great info Jasmine! Thank you!  07.30.11 - 8:17am
Edward Ryan - Hi Jasmine, I was wondering if these pictures posted in Reflections: (Maximizing indoor lighting) were edited or rather they are raw shots. THanks so much  07.30.11 - 7:48am
sarah - sand lot! now i have to go back and read the post. ps. i use that quote in my head all the time.  07.29.11 - 2:02pm
Brooke Summer Photography - I say that all the time (you're killin me smalls!) and no one knows what I'm talking about! ;) Thank you for the information, indoor lighting is always a little tricky!  07.29.11 - 9:39am
Caitlin Elizabeth - yet another incredibly helpful post. much obliged ma'am!  07.29.11 - 7:42am
anda - your crazy good understanding of light (and the way explain what you're seeing) will always BLOW ME AWAY. love this post!  07.29.11 - 7:27am
Erin - Very helpful! Any chance you can talk about the use of your large apertures + the distance from subject and the different effects for the range of focus here?  07.29.11 - 5:28am
Amber Tolbert - thank you Jasmine for sharing. After purchasing your creativelive series and reviewing your tips just now, am I correct in thinking you stick with low iso most of the time?   07.28.11 - 11:17pm
Ilmira - Thank you Jasmine!  07.28.11 - 9:49pm
Suzy G - Awesome stuff, Thanks a ton for all you share and being an inspiration....now if I can just remember it all ;)  07.28.11 - 8:59pm
Sharls - Thank you for an informative post! I love these ones and am constantly learning amazing things from you!  07.28.11 - 7:47pm
Bernadette - Thanks for a great post. I have been thoroughly enjoying you tutorials.  07.28.11 - 6:40pm
nicole vargas-platinum imaging photography - Ms. Jasmine that is HILARIOUS that you would use that phrase! My husband and I still use it after watching The Sandlot!   07.28.11 - 6:38pm
Cindy Habel - Thanks heaps for sharing/teaching/writing so openly, I appreciate it tremendously! x  07.28.11 - 6:26pm
Melle Veronesi - Love that green shirt, woman! Oh and the advice too. ;-)  07.28.11 - 5:44pm
Amy Jo - Yea Sandlot (and a little shout out to Utah, since it was filmed there)!! As always, thanks for the awesome post. I really love your behind the scenes posts (thank JD for the pictures), they are always so helpful for me!  07.28.11 - 4:05pm
kristaQM - i LOVE that movie! my sisters and i use that line ALL the time. you know, when we were in high school and taking Spanish for the first time, we--of course--translated EVERYthing into Spanish (cuz we were so bilingual and all) and ever since, we've said it estas matandome pequenos. the translation's a little rough, but oh well. :) p.s. thanks for this great reflections post!   07.28.11 - 2:49pm
Meredith - Jasmine - thank you ... again!   07.28.11 - 2:37pm
Boston Photog | Roberto Farren - nice insight an really helpful. thanks for posting up, look forward to more. Regards, Roberto.  07.28.11 - 2:35pm
Jill Denny - The quote is from the Sandlot!!!   07.28.11 - 2:34pm
Belinda - Love it when you do these posts! =)  07.28.11 - 2:21pm
naomi chokr - SANDLOT! I was all about Benny The Jet Rodriguez!!! That guy was so hot back when i was in the 6th grade!  07.28.11 - 1:51pm
rich - amazing tips as always!  07.28.11 - 1:30pm
Walter Pickel - Pretty sure that movie was Pootytang  07.28.11 - 1:22pm
Paula Franco - Happy Thursday to you too!!! And thanks so much for sharing those behind the scenes!!!  07.28.11 - 12:28pm
andreea - Can't see on my phone if others responded, I'm sure they have, but the quote is from "the sandlot". Best. Movie. Ever!  07.28.11 - 12:23pm
TIffany - Ahh your quote came from the Sandlot!! I say that to my husband all the time!!  07.28.11 - 12:13pm
Kristin Nicole - love hearing another photographers thought process on a shot!  07.28.11 - 11:42am
Gris Brooks - The Sandlot! My boys watch the movie almost everyday. They quote from it every day too!  07.28.11 - 11:39am
Heather Scharf - The Sand Lot! Best Movie Ever!  07.28.11 - 11:14am
Margriet - I just love your posts! And am still waiting for you to give a workshop in The Netherlands! (or somewhere nearby). Heard that you gave a workshop in England?!? but unfortunately missed it... hope for better luck next time... till than I will keep reading your blogs and dream away with all the beautiful pictures you take! Love!  07.28.11 - 11:12am
Ashley Lynn - Thanks so much! You are so fabulous and your workshop looks amazing. :)  07.28.11 - 11:01am
Jaqueline Faria - The Sandlot why of course. Thanks for the post. Your always so helpful.  07.28.11 - 10:45am
Robin - Behind the scenes are always interesting - just in seeing the many ways to pose and light a couple.  07.28.11 - 10:45am
Amanda B - Love the Sandlot reference! Thanks for the awesome post!  07.28.11 - 10:44am
Kristin Hardwick - SO helpful! I truly appreciate you taking the time to shares these tips.. you're clearly awesome. :)  07.28.11 - 10:36am
Shauna - Helpful as usual!! Thanks for sharing :)  07.28.11 - 10:29am
Lindsay Gee - Great Post..these are always my fav. kind of posts..and i know they take you a lot of time to put together so thank-you, thanks! Izzy-Rae says hi :)  07.28.11 - 10:19am
Heather - Are you kidding? The sandlot!!!!!!!! I freaking love that movie. FOR-EV-EEERRRR! L.O.V.E.  07.28.11 - 10:15am
jennifer little - thank you for sharing.. very helpful + clear. best!  07.28.11 - 10:14am
Yadira - The Sandlot!!;) love this post thank you for sharing  07.28.11 - 10:12am
Rachel Marie Photography - I always look forward to these "behind the scenes" posts! Thanks for sharing once again!  07.28.11 - 10:06am
donna harris - Thank you! I FEEL stronger today because of your willingness to share! :)  07.28.11 - 9:47am
miguel angel photography - I lot useful info. Thank a lot amiga.  07.28.11 - 9:46am
Jadrien Esquivel - Forevvvver, forevvvvvver. Good post Wendy Peffercorn ;)  07.28.11 - 9:46am
jeramy - fantastic! i don't think you've done a nor-cal workshop, have you?  07.28.11 - 9:43am
Damaris Mia - It was definitely helpful! Thank you :)  07.28.11 - 9:42am
Janet - Omg my bf LOVES that movie! He and his friends loved it so much they called themselves the Sandlot crew when they were younger! haha. He even tries to make me rewatch it every now and then..  07.28.11 - 9:42am
angie - Sandlot! (great movie) Gorgeous photos...thanks for sharing your tips/tricks! :)  07.28.11 - 9:40am
Danielle - Duh, The Sandlot!!! You take the graham..... One of my favs is "Lotioning and oiling... oiling and lotioning... I JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!"  07.28.11 - 9:40am
Abby Grace Photography - I love these sort of posts! Your lighting is truly amazing, and I definitely stand a lot to learn. Thanks for the behind-the-scenes look into the workshop!  07.28.11 - 9:38am
Christin - This was very helpful. Thanks for sharing!  07.28.11 - 9:37am
Rachel Tatem - Too cute! Of course it is Sandlot! I love how you and your husband work so well together. My husband is my second shooter as well and people think we are insane for enjoying working together.   07.28.11 - 9:22am
Jenelle Sewell - I LOVE when you give the fstops, shutter speeds and ISOs. Thanks for the tutorial on low situations! Fantastic, as always.   07.28.11 - 9:18am
Misty Dawn - Hubs and I watch The Sandlot every.time.it's.on. Just sayin'. Mommy! Mommy! A doggie! Ohhhhhh BIG doggie. :-)  07.28.11 - 9:05am
Marcus - Thx for this post. Great read and helpful.  07.28.11 - 8:57am
Life with Kaishon - So glad you had a great workshop : )  07.28.11 - 8:31am
LEOLAK - THE SANDLOT!!! Such a cute movie! Being played on the big screen in my neighborhood this coming weekend!   07.28.11 - 8:23am
Jasmine* - Whoa, apparently there are people who love Sandlot as much as I do! ;) Congrats to Megan...who was the first commenter! (Megan, you didn't leave your email address, so can you shoot me an email?) Thanks!  07.28.11 - 8:23am
Gabe Lawson - Great Sandlot reference! One of my favorite movies. And great post - using window light can be so tricky! Thanks Jasmine! -gabe  07.28.11 - 8:22am
Kiki - Sandlot :)  07.28.11 - 8:22am
Jennifer Seris - Also, what PERFECT timing for this post!! I have a wedding Saturday where the bride is hesitant to do any photos outside at all, and the venue will be beautiful, but I was starting to wonder how that was going to work. Thanks for the great insight!  07.28.11 - 8:22am
Kristen - ahhh The Sandlot...love that movie..and the quote, it's a classic!  07.28.11 - 8:22am
Samantha D - SANDLOT! One of the greatest movies ever :) P.S. You are amazing :)  07.28.11 - 8:21am
Jen Anway - The Sandlot!!! LOVE that movie!!  07.28.11 - 8:21am
Kristen - The Sandlot...ahhh love that movie and the quote!  07.28.11 - 8:20am
Rhea - Sandlot Sandlot Sandlot!! Thanks for the tips :)  07.28.11 - 8:19am
kaethe - sandlot : )  07.28.11 - 8:19am
Jenny - Sandlot!! I nearly died, I say that allll the time, and most people look at me lie "why are you calling me smalls?" Lovvvve it!  07.28.11 - 8:19am
Rebekah - The Sandlot!  07.28.11 - 8:18am
Elizabeth - You're killin' me smalls! It's from the Sandlot :) I've been reading your blog and 1. I'm astounded at how difficult wedding photography is 2. I think you are inspiring because of how you are using your awesome talents for God! Keep it up!  07.28.11 - 8:18am
Emily Troutman - Sandlot!!!! LOVE IT! Wendy Peppercorn :)  07.28.11 - 8:16am
Taryn - SANDLOT!!!  07.28.11 - 8:16am
Dee - The Sandlot!!!!  07.28.11 - 8:14am
alyssa armstrong - The Sandlot! :)  07.28.11 - 8:14am
Izzy - The Sandlot!  07.28.11 - 8:14am
Jessica Chapman - I absolutely love all of your blog post. They are all so very helpful especially at time when I am trying to start my own photography business. P.S. Your quote is from the movie "Sandlot"  07.28.11 - 8:14am
Marie - Sandlot!   07.28.11 - 8:13am
Regina Marie - Movie: the Sandlot. My kids have been watching that FFOOORRREEEVVVVEEERRR! anyway, you know we love when you go on a long rant. that's why we come here... hehehe! Though seeing this makes me jealous... one of these days I NEED to catch you in person!  07.28.11 - 8:12am
Amy - The Sandlot! :)  07.28.11 - 8:11am
Andrew Lang - "The best" {takes a big sniff}. . . The Sandlot.  07.28.11 - 8:10am
Adrienne - The Sandlot! :)  07.28.11 - 8:09am
Ange Movius - Sandlot!   07.28.11 - 8:09am
Rose - I have to say that since I started reading your blogs I have learned sooo much! You inspire me beyond any other and I'm so happy that you share.  07.28.11 - 8:09am
Camille - The sandlot! Love it!!!!  07.28.11 - 8:08am
Vivian Hui - The Sandlot! Of all the things, this is how you got me to make my first comment. I have been lurking for way too long but thank you for sharing your life, your work and your passion with the whole world. I'm at the crossroads right now to take the leap and reading your blog keeps me motivated and inspired. Thanks J!  07.28.11 - 8:08am
Susie - Sandlot.  07.28.11 - 8:07am
Kadee - The Sandlot right?  07.28.11 - 8:06am
Rachel Gnagy - The Sandlot! =)  07.28.11 - 8:04am
SvetlanaHillKovich - "The Sandlot"! Great post Jas  07.28.11 - 8:04am
sherri lynn - This was super helpful for me - I shoot all of my food inside so I always need tips on lighting!  07.28.11 - 8:04am
Juan - The quote is from 'The Sandlot' Sorry I missed you in the UK!  07.28.11 - 8:03am
Sheila - I just realized that you're a left-eye shooter. Are you also left-handed?  07.28.11 - 8:02am
Sada - The Sandlot! Best movie ever! Ha :)  07.28.11 - 8:02am
Paul - SANDLOT!  07.28.11 - 8:02am
Rachel - Sandlot! Love your posts.  07.28.11 - 8:01am
Melissa Pearce - I know I'm prob not the first, but THE SANDLOT!!  07.28.11 - 8:01am
Tino Fernandez - Sandlot  07.28.11 - 8:00am
briana moore - Sandlot!!! :)  07.28.11 - 8:00am
Sarah - The Sandlot!! :) Loved the movie growing up! I still say that! {mostly to my siblings!! I love you-your style and your photography!! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself!  07.28.11 - 7:59am
Amy Cameron - The Sandlot ;)  07.28.11 - 7:58am
JamieJPhotography - The Sandlot!!! :) thanks for the post!  07.28.11 - 7:58am
Leanne Wight - I just watched Sandlot last week with my son! What an awesome summer movie!  07.28.11 - 7:58am
Paul - The Sandlot! (can you believe that was the first movie I saw in the theaters?). Also, I love the blog :)  07.28.11 - 7:58am
Jessica K - Girl, that's "Sandlot" :) Always love your posts.   07.28.11 - 7:58am
Antonis - SANDLOT! Greatest movie of all time. Amazing pictures, as always. Looks like your trip to London was a fantastic success.  07.28.11 - 7:57am
Paul - Sandlot!  07.28.11 - 7:57am
Kate - The Sandlot!  07.28.11 - 7:57am
Tracy - You're killin me smalls is from the Sandlot. Great movie!  07.28.11 - 7:57am
Gabby / En Route Photography - The line is from the Sandlot!!!! ;) You're awesome... these posts help us more than you'd ever know! ;) xxx http://enroute-blog.com/  07.28.11 - 7:55am
Sarah Snider - Btw thank you so much for yesterday's post. Those are all things I have been thinking after starting my own business this past year and it's encouraging to know I'm not the only one. But what a wonderful adventure it is!  07.28.11 - 7:55am
Ruth Krueger - I couldn't agree more. Some of my favorite photos are shot with window light...using my Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lens. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos from your workshop. P.S. I love The Sandlot movie quote/reference!  07.28.11 - 7:54am
Kate - The Sandlot! :)  07.28.11 - 7:54am
Jenn - I guess I could have said more about the rest of the entry... but I know diddly squat about taking pictures, I just like looking at yours :)   07.28.11 - 7:53am
Sarah Snider - The Sandlot!!!!!  07.28.11 - 7:52am
Jennifer Seris - uh...Sandlot!! :)  07.28.11 - 7:52am
Amanda Hurst - Oh Sandlot, you're the greatest! Thanks for the great tips Jasmine!   07.28.11 - 7:51am
Lindsay Smith - The SANDLOT!!!  07.28.11 - 7:51am
Katie - the sandlot! loving your instructional posts. keep 'em coming!  07.28.11 - 7:51am
Ashley - I'm pretty sure the movie is The Sandlot :) This is a fantastic post for someone just starting out - I've been struggling with indoor lighting and this gives me a new perspective!  07.28.11 - 7:50am
Jenn - The Sandlot, of course! :)   07.28.11 - 7:50am
stephanie yonce - The Sandlot!  07.28.11 - 7:50am
Annetta Blair - you're killing me smalls from The Sandlot....  07.28.11 - 7:49am
Crystal - The Sandlot - love that movie! :-)  07.28.11 - 7:49am
Ruth - 'The Sandlot'! ;-)  07.28.11 - 7:48am
Ashley - How is your focus so sharp when shooting with 2.8 and 1.8? where do you put the focus? bride's eyes? I just noticed in that last shot that everything about the bride and groom are so sharp, but if i'd shot it i probably would have had just her eyes sharp  07.28.11 - 7:48am
ardean - Thanks for such detailed info Jasmine. The beauty of what you do is that you make it look so easy - but seeing this behind the scene's, it's good to know how much thought you put into it/how much you study and use light!  07.28.11 - 7:42am
terri - sandlot!  07.28.11 - 7:41am
Annetta Blair - The Sandlot (movie)---you're killing me smalls!  07.28.11 - 7:39am
Whitney - SANDLOT  07.28.11 - 7:37am
Rachel Nolan - The Sand Lot! Duh! :) I've been following your blog for a while now and I love it! Thanks for the tips :)  07.28.11 - 7:35am
ashley - you always give the best information! I love it. And Sandlot... what what! Side note... how do you always dress so cute wh