When it comes to portrait lighting, there are four very important characteristics of light that you as a photographer should be concerned with during your shoot. In this video, author Levi Simm shows you these characteristics, as well as how and when you should use them.
- When we're talking about portrait lighting,…there's really four significant characteristics of light…you should be concerned with.…First of all, there's the quality of light.…How hard or soft is it.…There's the direction of light.…Where's it coming from?…Is it flattering your subject.…Do you need to turn your person into it more?…Pay attention to the direction of the light.…There's also the color of the light.…You know, what settings you need to use in your camera…to make it the right color,…or what should be your main light to flatter your subject…in the right color of light.…
And then there's the contrast.…And by contrast, I mean how bright is the bright side…of your subject's face compared to…the darker side of their face.…This contrast between the light side and the dark side…helps determine the mood,…and also the appropriateness of a picture.…I wouldn't want to do a business headshot…that's extremely bright on one side…and very dark on the other.…It's a much more even contrast for a business headshot,…whereas a very moody and dramatic picture…
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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
Learning Natural Light Portrait Photographywith Chris Orwig2h 30m Intermediate
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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