When you shoot a simple portrait, the angle of the light you are using is important. This makes the light look natural and can be very flattering to your subject. Also, the way you position the light can create a mood for your portrait. Author Levi Sim discusses how the angle of light can impact your simple portrait shoot.
- I've got just a couple other ideas to share with you…about light and its relation to your person.…First of all, we want to pay attention to the height…of the light.…And the first thing to pay attention to is that you're not…lighting from below.…Usually when I give an assistant a reflector to use,…it's natural to set it down here and reflect light…upward into somebody's face, but it's not flattering…and it's not natural and it looks like we're using…a reflector to do it.…
If it looks like you're telling campfire stories,…ghost stories, around the fireplace, then you're probably…doing it wrong.…So you always want to hold that reflector nice and high,…kinda like Atlas holding the world on his shoulders…and that will give you light coming from above,…which is a much more natural position for light…to shine on people.…When we shine light on people's faces,…we want to make sure that the light is shining…in both of their eyes.…This is also related to the height of the light…and the position of the light front to back.…
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