Controlling the contrast on the face of your subject is another important step to getting the mood you are looking for in your photograph. In this video, author Levi Simm shows you how to control the contrast in your photo and what moods you can get from it.
- Contrast on your subject's face is also an important part…of creating the mood in a photograph,…and it's simply done…by controlling the darkness of the dark side…and the brightness of the bright side.…This can be balanced with daylight.…If you're using a flash on the face on one side…and using daylight to fill in the shadow areas,…you can increase your shutter speed…and darken the daylight side,…making more contrast and more moodiness.…Inside the studio, when you're using artificial light only,…you can alter the contrast using a reflector like this.…
If I've got my main light over here,…then simply bringing this reflector closer…will brighten the shadow side of my face,…and moving it away will darken that shadow.…Moving it away completely leaves me with really deep shadows…that can be quite moody and dramatic.…Adjusting this contrast on a face is a really powerful way…to emote with your pictures, to create an emotion with them.…And I highly recommend that you start playing with it…and adjust the shadows purposefully.…
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- Leveraging different types of light
- Finding the right light for the right mood or effect
- Taking portraits for business and family clients
- Making the camera and light work together
- Helping people look their best
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Principles of Portrait Lighting
2. Making Soft Light
3. Five Lighting Patterns
4. Making and Finding Directional Light
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