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The principles of lighting

Getting lighting right is about it looking good and fitting your vision Lighting ratios mathematically measure the amount of light falling on the highlighted side of the face as compared to the side of the […]

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The best ways to light a face

When taking a portrait of a model, lighting the face correctly can make or break the shot. Good lighting helps to highlight a model’s best features, provide shape and contour to the face, and also, […]

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Creating enveloping light. And when to use it.

If you take soft light to its extreme, you can devise a set up to completely surround a subject, bathing it in total, diffuse light that fills in every nook and cranny, eliminates every shadow, […]

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How best to use reflectors

To create indirect light you can use gold, silver, and white reflectors like a bounce card. If, for example you’re shooting swimwear when it’s super-cold outside, the natural light can look frigid. But when you […]

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The basics of multiple lights for portraits

The art of portraiture is about learning how to use lights to create highlights and shadows that sculpt the subject’s facial features and body contours to create form, and the illusion of depth and dimensionality. […]

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Lara Jade: How to set up an inexpensive home studio

You don’t need a purpose-built studio and an expensive array of lights to achieve amazing results. Top fashion photographer Lara Jade shot these dramatic portraits in her apartment using just one light source. Follow her […]

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Three-point and four-point lighting: an introduction

You might well have heard the terms ‘three-point lighting’ and ‘four-point lighting’ used liberally in the film-making community, but what do they mean, what do they comprise, and what do they look like for your […]

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Making the most of minimalist compositions

Some people say that photography is based on the art of subtraction; the careful selection and arrangement of elements in a scene so the viewer can concentrate on the message the photographer wishes to communicate. […]

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Why every photographer needs a reflector

Whether you work with natural or artificial light or a mixture of the both, you really should consider adding a reflector to your kit bag. They are inexpensive but highly functional pieces of equipment. The […]

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Falling rain and the best of photography

One of the things about flat grey days is that they often lead seamlessly to rain. And rain has a bad reputation in photography, though it’s not entirely deserved. For a start, most people find […]

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Come over to the dark side: concealing and revealing with shadows

If photography is dependent on light, equal attention needs to be paid to its opposite: shade. Shadows are just as important as light. Their placement, depth, and edge sharpness is significant for any image, and […]

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The portrait photographer's lighting guide

As far as equipment goes, it should be remembered that a photographer doesn’t need a top-end DSLR to create stunning portraits. A better camera might allow you to take pictures in lower light, at a […]

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