Photographing people out of doors or in
their homes in black and white can give strong and incisive images.
Unlike photographing in a studio, however, there is not full control of
When using available light, some thought
is needed to make the lighting work. When a flash is used, the light
can be put where it is needed. If the bright sunlight is causing
shadows on the personís face, there are several choices. One is to move
the person to an area of shadow where the light is more even. Another
is to use fill in flash to soften the shadows.
If shooting against the light, a
reflector can be used to bounce the light back onto the subjectís face.
If, on the other hand, it seems that a silhouette would make an
evocative image, take the exposure reading from the light behind the
Always look for new angle, especially
when photographing groups of people. There is nothing duller than a
straight line of people rigidly sitting or standing. Keep watch for an
unexpected chance, and always have the camera ready.