Photography Monthly's tip week: Perfect portraits, tip 2
Today’s second tip in the portrait themed week is all about lighting.
Naturally lit portraits look great, as do studio lit portraits but why not be a little more adventurous this time round and have a go at experimenting with unusual lighting?
An unusual lighting concept can really draw attention to your portrait images, especially if the effect is cleverly done so that it says something about the subject and composition as a whole, for example, the shadows of bars falling across someone's face to show they are in prison.
This can be a very powerful and effective form of lighting as it hides parts of the subject’s face in shadow, creating new and unusual contours and shapes. It adds an element of mystery to the composition, creating a rich mood for your image.
Using a slow synch flash can create an interesting lighting effect for your image; the slow synch flash creates some level of blur to the lighting, while keeping the subject focused in the middle. It would be great for capturing a model in a busy city at night, with the, lights of the cars and shops rushing around them in a blur.
Another dramatic form of portrait lighting comes in the form of silhouetting your subject. Again this adds a level of mystery to the image, as the subject’s face cannot be seen but the stark outline can be very effective.
Have a go at experimenting with lighting your portrait subjects and upload your images to our online gallery.
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