Headshots and portrait lighting

Started Jun 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP rskoss Regular Member • Posts: 195
Re: Headshots and portrait lighting

Sailor Blue wrote:

On-camera flash is pin point harsh lighting and causes specular highlights. The harshness emphasizes skin texture and blemishes. This lighting is very unflattering.

Peter Hurley's lighting setup is large area lighting, therefore it is soft lighting, producing very diffuse highlights and almost completely eliminating skin texture and blemishes. Peter Hurley's lighting is pleasing, almost making the subject look like it has an inner glow.

Thank you! It wasn't at all clear to me what the phrase "harsh light" meant.

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