first attempt at portrait lighting--suggestions welcome

Started Nov 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: first attempt at portrait lighting--suggestions welcome
In reply to Steve West, Nov 20, 2012

See the shadow on the face from the hair? By switching the main light to the model's left side you wouldn't have had that shadow. This is why you position the main light on the same side as the part in the hair.

Notice that the right eye is in shadow? That is because you had your fill light improperly positioned. It should have been closer to the camera. You might even have needed a reflector positioned below the face, just out of camera range, to bounce some more light up into the eyes and onto the neck.

I suggest you check these references out. They should help you get better quickly.

Portrait Lighting - Names for different portrait lighting set-ups in photography

Benji's Studio Lighting and Posing Tutorial

Benji - The Rules Of Good Portraiture in PDF Format for Printing

Benji - PS Technique For Checking Exposure (Portraits)

Ed Shapiro - Facial Analysis in Fine Portraiture- Corrective Techniques

Ed Shapiro - The fabulous fill light...an article

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