Natural Light Portrait Photographer, Nena Pratt,
Captures the Captivating Beauty in her Eyes!



by  Nena Crain Pratt

  I began shooting outdoor photography in 1979 when I was working for Georgia Sportsman Magazine.  I purchased a Canon AE-1 35mm single-lens reflex SLR film camera to take into the field and capture images of  ladies on lady-only hunts and the trophies they had taken at the end of the day.  I interviewed and fished alongside the top lady angler in the United States capturing her on film as she worked the waters of Lake Allatoona in search of trophy bass.  I've captured photos of pitchers on the mound winding up to throw the perfect strike and reported on the outcome of the game. In short, my photography experience began in the great outdoors and on the playing fields of athletic sports in Georgia.

       Going back to my first 35mm camera, it is interesting to note that the Canon AE-1 is a historically significant SLR.  Why! you may ask? It was the first microprocessor-equipped SLR, and the Canon AE-1 sold over one million units, which made it an unprecedented success in the SLR market in the early 1980's. The AE-1 was designed to be a camera that newcomers or experienced photographers could both enjoy using. It had relatively straightforward camera controls and automatic aperture for newcomers, as well as,  various manual controls and system accessories to appeal to the experienced photographers. 

       I look back on my early years in photography with fondness. I could not afford to buy all the accessories that I desired for my camera, so I choose to put my money into additional lenses for my Canon AE-1 verses buying additional flash accessories.  Consequently, I was a "Natural Light Photographer" before it was cool to use only the available natural light to capture the images that you desire.  Today,  I capture images using a Nikon D60. The Nikon D60 is a 10.2 mega pixel F-mount digital single-lens reflex camera which was released in January of 2008.  The D60 proudly features Nikon's EXPEED image processor which is also featured in Nikon's higher-end D3 and D300. And,  of course,  I again invested in additional lenses for my Nikon.  But,  today being more financially comfortable than in my early 20's, I can thankfully afford the other accessories, too.  

       Today,  I am a Natural Light Portrait Photographer, but I also use secondary lighting to enhance my subjects' best features.  My 33 years of experience using Natural Light to capture the beauty in the moment the shutter of the camera opens and closes is evident in the images I create.  Therefore, I am pleased to announce the release of Nena Pratt Photography's website, NenaPrattPhotography.com.   Please take a moment and visit NenaPrattPhotography.com.

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Simple Illuminating Tips
For Great Photography!

By James Smith

Photography needs a couple of skills to make your prints look professional. One important aspect of making a print professional is illumination. Illuminating in photography takes a little preparation and understanding of a couple of techniques. Your ideal object or subject may not turn out the way you want if the proper lighting doesn't help to laminate the region. Below are a couple of tips on employing the right light for picture taking.

First of all, you must determine if you'll use artificial lighting or natural sunlight. If you're using the latter, you'll have to rely on the Kelvin scale to ascertain the lighting's temperature and its colour. The colour of light is vital in maintaining the colourations you see around you. For example when the light is warm, it appears to be redder than it should be. Hence, the time when you leave for photo shoots will inadvertently impact the effect you want to exude in your photographs.

As the saying goes "a picture says a thousand words". A good photograph will guide the person viewing it, towards certain feelings. More often than not, gentler colours arouse more emotions. Therefore, understanding the sun's impact on the colours will help you determine the suitable time of day that you should depart for your photo shoot. The sun evokes blue hues, usually in the morning, while nearer to noon you'll find more neutral colours. The neutral colours can carry off some of the definition you need in your print.

When using natural light, you'll require to work with the direction and angle of the sun's light beam. If the sunlight is diffused and broad, you'll have gentler shadows. On the other hand, the more constrict the light is, the more focused the shadow created. During noontime when the sun is in the middle arc you'll lose definition of the subject. That could make the subject grainy. This is why shadow is employed. With shadows used aptly, your pictures can look stunning!

You can also alter sunlight through various techniques. For example with the use of a good background when taking outdoor portraits, you can add a different composition to the picture. You can set your subject in front of a breathtaking landscape. And if the sunlight interferes with you or your subject's sight, you may want to block it out.

Alternatively, you can add a white surface to fill up the shadows. Landscape photography needs lesser work when it comes to the lighting. In fact, using natural sunlight for landscape photography without any modifications can sometimes generate a better picture.

Landscape photography makes use of nature to set up the shadows and lights. It's even more important in this case to know about temperature and light scaling. Timing is the most crucial aspect of using sunlight.

To understand natural illumination, you have to understand the effects the sun will have at certain times of the day. For example in the event you're in a dense forest, the sunlight will have problem streaming in unless it is over head. You'll have natural shadows in the forest and so you'll probably need to shift your subject around to source for the best angle.

Bear this in mind and choose the lighting in accordance to your needs and the requirements of your object or subject. Remember, with the right knowledge and effort, your pictures can turn out really beautiful!

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