SUMMARY We have covered in this course the fundamentals of lighting for a wide range of subjects. You can have a great photo idea, a great composition, a great concept, but for the photo to succeed you have to have great lighting. No matter how long you are a photographer, you will never know everything […]
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As you progress with portrait lighting, you will need to consider how you approach each subject and plan to light them. Faces come in all shapes and sizes, from very slender and thin faces to full and round, and your approach for lighting needs to show them best. Generally with a thin or slender face […]
CROSS LIGHTING: Place Your Lights Carefully Now that you are taking your first portraits, I would like to share some things I see quite often with students setting up their lights for the first time and taking a portrait. I call it ‘cross lighting’. This is a common approach for photographers who have just started […]
Background Lights Most portraits that you will be asked to shoot will require a background of some sort. Usually you need to light this if you are indoors. If you are outdoors you can often use light that is on the existing background, but adding light can provide some interest or effect.
EDGE LIGHTS Another light I use often is an Edge light, others call it a Kicker. Call it what you wish, but the idea here is to have a slightly brighter light coming from behind to add a highlight to the subjects shadow side.
HAIR LIGHT A hair light is another addition you can add to your portrait setups and it is a matter of taste as to whether you do this or not. The hair light can often add the sparkle to a portrait and help the subject pop off the background. They can make your subject look […]
Two Light Setups This light setup is another approach to the key/fill lighting setup. It is similar to the one light setup and you can use it as an alternative. I tend to use this when I am photographing more than one person such as a group and need more light although it is common […]
Short Light This light is minimal compared to Rembrandt, just putting a small amount of light on your subject. The light is placed approximately 90 degrees to the side of the camera and pointed at your subjects face. For this light to work your subject would be turned towards the light.