June 12th, 2013

Photo Recipes – Simple techniques for unique images

Award-winning photographer, Martin Chung, has taken some stunning images. I selected a few that really stood out, and Martin told me how he created the look.

Long exposure

Martin was shooting a wedding at Vancouver’s busy Granville Island. To capture the bustle of the location, he took a photo with a long exposure and asked the couple to remain very still. The result is stunning: motion blur from the people walking by, which draws the eye directly to the couple.


Try it yourself: set up a tripod and choose Shutter Speed Priority mode. Try different exposure lengths—Martin’s was close to a second—and ask your subjects to stand very still. This technique will take some trial and error, but the results can be amazing.

Short lighting

Short lighting is the technique of lighting the side of the face that is farther from the camera. It is particularly flattering for portraits. In this photo, Martin positioned the bride near a window that had a lovely and soft diffuse light.


Try it yourself: place your subject at an angle to the camera, with the lighting hitting the far side of the face. Play with your angles to find the most flattering shadows. Use a fairly long lens—Martin used an 85mm—because shorter lenses can distort the features.

Remote flash at night

This beautiful image was shot from above with a remote flash. Martin positioned the flash like a spotlight near the couple, then moved to a higher position to capture the entire scene.


Try it yourself: many external flashes have remote capabilities. Position the flash to illuminate the subject, then find a good vantage point. Martin always shoots in RAW format so he can adjust the exposure after the fact. This image was converted to black and white to emphasize the romantic night scene.

Find a window

This delightful photo won Martin the Accolade of Excellence award from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. With something happening outside to capture the attention of the flower girls and the mother of the bride, the image is an exquisite candid.


Try it yourself: windows produce a beautiful, soft light. Position your subjects near a window—preferably one without direct sunlight—and experiment with light and shadows.

To see more of Martin Chung’s photos, visit his website at www.studioimpossible.com.

Print it up

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By Angela Ford, photo blogger

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