Friday, September 18, 2009


A few days ago, we got to talking about ethnic diversity [different is good]. That spun off into an email conversation about photographing a lighter person and darker person together. My thought is that it could be much more challenging than when taking a family portrait where they're all nearly the same color. Kapish?


I saw a photo of a couple of young people who were on opposite ends of the light spectrum. My nephews here, are not as extreme, but this is the best I've done yet with these two. It was purely by accident, but the general background was was kind of a neutral gray, light behind the darker nephew and dark behind the lighter one. I used flash for fill-in, and then edited the image to remove just a little of the color saturation, because that red shirt wanted to steal the show.


What do you think? What kind of poses, lighting or other tips do you think might be helpful for creating a good photograph of a combo light and dark subject? Maybe you can even point to some good samples??


imac said...

It looks fine to me my friend.
Must admit, I've never had the opportunity to take a "Salt-n-Pepper" shot.

Anonymous said...

this is a very nice shot.

DeniseinVA said...

A lovely photo Craver. This post reminded me of a shot I took a couple of weeks ago of some children. I was going to share it at a later date but after reading this I have just posted it.

Craver Vii said...

Imac, nAncY & Denise, you three are the kind of people whose skill, trained eyes and creativity has really helped me along and made me constantly strive for better photos. I owe you a debt that I'm unable to repay. Thank you so much!

Denise, I saw the pic you refer to. It is a heart warming image. I'm so glad you posted it.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: Way to technical for me to weigh into.

EG CameraGirl said...

Looks good to me, Craver. You done good!

lime said...

oh i hadn't thought of how that red might overwhelm things. i appreciate the tips you share.

smiling at this post. :)

you have adorable nephews.

Halfmom said...

The boys are so cute! See you and Mrs. Craver in a few - hopefully you'll get some more good shots today!

Craver Vii said...

That's okay Fishing Guy. Full automatic would probably yield better pictures sometimes than when I start to mess with manual settings. I'm just learning.

:-) You should have seen how many pictures I went through to get to this, EG.

Thank you Lime. I love my nephews. Now I gotta get me some pics of the nieces, too.

Taking pictures of people is a huge challenge for me Halfmom. But I had all kinds of opportunity over the weekend. I hope to have a few good ones.