Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video Tips to remember for shooting portraits, part of Shooting with Wireless Flash: Studio Portraits.
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So those are some of the techniques I use when shooting a portrait…using wireless flash.…With a combination of careful lighting, direction, and some fun…experimentation, we shot a diverse selection of photos that a client or a…magazine editor could choose from.…Most of the techniques I used apply whether you shooting a portrait of a…Scottish warrior princess, a business executive, or a family member.…Here are some tips for you to remember.…
First tip, know your subject.…If possible try to meet or at least see your subject in advance of the shoot.…Is your subject tall or short, thin or round young or old, white skinned or dark…skinned, bald or shaggy?…Answering these questions will affect how you place or pose your subjects and…what you can expect from them during the photo session.…When I photographed Bonnie, she and I discussed every detail in advance.…
Her costume and makeup, the weight of the claymore sword, and her ability…to lift that sword.…When the time came to shoot, I knew what Bonnie would wear and how much I could…
In this installment, Jim shows how to light and shoot a portrait with a dramatic look. He demonstrates a variety of inexpensive lighting tools—clamps, gels, and other light modifiers—to light the subject and the background. He also shows how to offer direction, pose the subject, and make him or her feel more comfortable. The course wraps up with tips on distinct ways to effectively light and separate the subject from the background, using gels, adjusting lights, and modifying the ratios between multiple strobes and the ambient light in the room.
- Preparing for a shoot
- Positioning the subject
- Using light modifiers, clamps, and other lighting accessories
- Assessing the results
- Tips to remember for lighting and shooting portraits