Where you put your camera and light greatly affects the look and feel of the finished portrait. So where do you place your light to get the flattering portrait you are looking for? In this video, author Levi Simm demonstrates classic lighting patterns to give you your choice of lighting positions to create different moods.
- When you're making a portrait with somebody,…the place you put the camera…and the place you put the lights…has a really strong influence…on the finished look and feel of the portrait.…So in this section I'm going to show you…where to place your light…to make the most flattering kinds of portraits,…as well as some classic lighting patterns…so that you've got a whole arsenal of places…to put the light to elicit different moods.…Here in the studio we've got our mannequin Tina,…and she's going to help me demonstrate the lighting patterns…and camera positions with you.…I've also got my camera set to black and white mode.…
That way it's really simple to see exactly…where shadows fall and the effect that moving the light has.…I recommend doing this on your own camera…as you practice placing your lights in different positions.…I'm also using a spotlight to create the light on her.…This is casting a very hard light.…You can see right now on her face…exactly where those shadows start and stop.…But I will also pull the diffuser over…
This course was created by RHED Pixel. We're honored to host this training in our library.
- 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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5-Day Photo Challenge: Portraiturewith Chris Orwig25m 59s Intermediate
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1. Principles of Portrait Lighting
2. Making Soft Light
3. Five Lighting Patterns
4. Making and Finding Directional Light
5. Ten Portraits with One Light
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