Suppose you want to make a flattering portrait of a person. In order to get the flattering look you are after, the light you want to think about is soft light. So what do you need to do in order to get that soft light? In this movie, author Levi Simm explains the importance of why a big light is necessary for capturing a flattering portrait.
- When you want to make a flattering portrait…of a person, it's best to use soft light.…Soft light gives shadows and highlight transitions…that are very gentle, whereas a hard light…gives you a definite line between highlight…and shadow areas.…A soft light comes from a large light.…Now, you know the sun is an enormous light, right?…It's like 300 million miles across.…But in relation to people on earth,…it's very small up there in the sky.…And so, in our cases here on earth,…it casts a very hard light.…
That's why we use modifiers like soft boxes,…reflectors, umbrellas.…These things help us to enlarge a small light source…and make it more flattering for all kinds of people.…Some people look great with a hard light…shining on them, and a hard light helps us create…certain moods that we'll also discuss in this course,…but this section is about how to use modifiers…to make small lights large and some of the instances…when you'll want to use the various modifiers out there.…
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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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5-Day Photo Challenge: Portraiturewith Chris Orwig25m 59s Intermediate
Portrait Photography: Business Portraitswith Robert Vanelli1h 59m Intermediate
Exploring Photography: Finding the Perfect Portrait Lenswith Chris Orwig1h 20m Appropriate for all
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Natural Light Portraiturewith Douglas Kirkland34m 46s Appropriate for all
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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