BE PREPARED. Time restrictions, location
and styling can be out of your control
so you need to be prepared to think on
the fly and trouble shoot. Bring your kit
of “just in case items.” Show up early
and scout it out, and use what’s at your
disposal to build an environment.
WHEN YOU HAVE AMBIENT LIGHT, don’t
be afraid to use it to build dimension in
your image. Don’t over power it with your
strobes. Instead, slow down your shutter
speed to capture it by balancing the
strobe and natural light.
BUILD YOUR LIGHTING SETUP ONE LIGHT
AT A TIME. Start with the key light and
then add other lights only based on a need
or desire to achieve something specific.
Sometimes less is more.
SWI TCH IT UP. Use your strobes as fill
instead of as your key. Also try indirect
fill, like bouncing a light off a white wall
or ceiling. It can soften and open up the
shadows just enough.
BE PRESENT. When making a portrait,
having an honest and organic interaction
is key. Listen to your subject, take notice of
their natural body language and engage in
a way that allows them to be comfortable.
Genuine interactions help you make an
image that feels authentic.
TURNING CHALLENGES INTO
AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE
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