Colin Finlay is This Month’s Kingston Icon of Photography

Colin Finlay

How do you master available light? Can you take good pictures without strobes and studio lights?

Award-winning documentary photographer Colin Finlay answers these questions in the Kingston Icon of Photography website featuring him from today, November 16 to December 15, 2006.

“Keeping the lighting simple is something I always tell students, whether in the studio or on location. Doing this minimizes complications and forces you to look at your subjects from varying angles and perspectives. Many of my best shots were produced because I was forced to move around a subject and change my perspective; the light was stationary and I was the one that needed to move. It is a great exercise and one I am constantly sharing with students,” Finlay notes.

Finlay, who just came from a three-month educational tour teaching photo students at 25 top universities in the U.S., adds, “The windows are the first thing I look for when I step into any room. They are my giant softbox and provide me with the type of illumination I have grown accustomed to – the sun.”


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.