There are many different lighting setups and styles that you can create with just one light. What are these different lighting setups? How do you know which one is best for the portraits you are shooting? In this video, author Levi Sim walks you through how to use your reflector as a back light when you are lighting a portrait with one light.
- Most of what we're doing in this class has the main light shining on the face, but that leaves a lot of light falling behind your subject. You can catch this light with a reflector and shine it back forward on them. It looks great in a head shot, like a business portrait. It also looks great in family portraits or in couples portraits. I would use it for weddings. I would us it for senior pictures. We can also use it in the studio and get, again, that more edgy kind of a look, that rock and roll kind of look, with the soft light in the front, and then the reflector from behind.
In this case, you can use the white reflector. You can also use the silver, or even the gold, for a little different kind of color, and a crunchier, harder kind of light. Any of the three look good, but make sure that you choose the right one for the right situation. I would use the silver or gold reflectors for the more rock and roll kind of a look, maybe for the senior pictures, and I would try to use the white when I'm doing a bridal portrait.
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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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