Video: How to find the best natural light for portraits

How do you find good quality natural light while walking out and about? It’s not always easy, but if you know where to look and what to look for, you can almost always find the perfect light for a portrait. At least that’s what London-based photographer and YouTuber Sean Tucker believes, and he’s created a helpful tutorial for his series ‘Good Light‘ that explains what it is you should look for in natural light to make the most of a scene for an impromptu portrait session.

In the six-minute video, Tucker and his friend Sarah hit the streets of London in search for a backdrop for their photo shoot. As tends to be the case with so many street shoots, the pair end up in an alley, where Tucker sets up shop to explain the benefits of this particular scene and why it provides good natural light for the portrait he’s trying to capture.

Tucker hows how the buildings on either side of the alley not only provide good leading lines, but also serve as black flags of sort, helping give depth to the subject by making the natural light more directional. After a few shots, he noticed a problem though: panda eyes. To fix this, Tucker uses a simple white grocery bag his subject had on hand as a reflector. A bit primitive, but as his final image shows, it did the trick.

Photo by Sean Tucker

To wrap up the video, Tucker shows how he went about editing the image in Lightroom CC on his iPad—itself a helpful tutorial for those of us who frequently edit images on-the-go for sharing on social media and beyond.

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From:: DPreview

SMPTE Adds Thomas Bause Mason to Staff as Director of Standards Development

By Dundee Hills Group

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. April 2, 2018 SMPTE, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that SMPTE Fellow Thomas Bause Mason will be joining the staff as the Society’s new director of standards development. Howard Lukk, who is returning to his career in postproduction, will conclude his tenure as SMPTE director of engineering and standards in May, after assisting Bause Mason in transitioning to his new role.

“We’re pleased to be welcoming Thomas to the SMPTE team as a staff member,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “Not only has he been deeply involved in the standards development process, including chairing several technical committees and study groups, but his IT background lends itself well to our ongoing need to be more software-focused. Thomas has also been instrumental in the creation and delivery of standards-focused educational programming through our Virtual Classroom course offering. I am delighted to have Thomas on board.”

Bause Mason, formerly owner and managing director of Open Media Consulting, began his career in Cologne, Germany, as a computer programmer for automation software in the nuclear and automobile industries. Before his move to Los Angeles, Bause Mason worked at West German Television (WDR) and Cologne Broadcasting Center, where he led the quality control department. In Los Angeles, he became a postproduction consultant and then built and managed the encoding operations for Ascent Media. Joining NBCUniversal in 2005, he focused on emerging digital media technology, spending two years in London to support the company’s international business. While at NBCUniversal, he was the company’s lead on the Video Services Forum (VSF) TR-03/TR-04 and SMPTE ST 2110 standardization efforts.

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From:: Student Filmmakers

10 Great Erotic Movies You May Have Missed

By Greg Smith

La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

There is a strong tradition of erotic films in modern cinema, and while most film fans are aware of popular titles such as Eyes Wide Shut and Last Tango in Paris, below are ten great erotic films that may have escaped your notice.

1. Bound

The first film directed by the Wachowski’s, the movie tells the story of a female ex con and her relationship with the girlfriend of a mobster. As the story progresses, the two develop a very intense romantic relationship while simultaneously concocting a plan to steal money from the mob and blame it on the boyfriend.

Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly star as the two female leads, while Joe Pantoliano plays the boyfriend. The scenes between Tilly and Gershon drip with erotic intensity and the chemistry between the two is genuinely provocative. Bound separates itself from much of the pack by being both a caper film and an erotic thriller that is powered by two female leads.

The Wachowskis later went on to direct the Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas, among others, but this early film clearly displays the talent and potential that would later draw a much larger audience. A great film with two sizzling performances. Not to be missed by fans of the genre.

2. Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool (2003)

Starring the great Charlotte Rampling and Charles Dance, Swimming Pool accomplishes the difficult task of being both psychologically suspenseful and deeply sensuous.

Rampling plays a mystery writer who, having grown tired of London, decides to visit the house of her publisher in the south of France. Once her publisher’s daughter Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) unexpectedly arrives, the balance of life is radically shifted, as the steady reserve of the character played by Rampling is severely tested by the wild and → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema