Blessed Soft Lighting

A is image of a A eyyam deity was taken at Bhagavathi Temple in Kasargode, India, in March 2009. It was an overcast day, so the cloud cover diffused the sunlight and produced soft and flattering lighting—the kind of lighting that softboxes and umbrellas can produce in the studio.

If you're going to shoot people pictures outdoors, an overcast sky is a blessing; pray for it ... as Rick Sammon says in his workshops.

A e dark vignette was created using the Burn tool in Adobe Photoshop CS4. I've included a behind-the-scenes shot to show you the sky as well as the preparation that went into making this photograph. In the field and in the studio, props, makeup and assistants help—big time.

Beverly Anderson Sanchez •

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