Lighting Dark Skin

Portraits of people with white or Caucasian skin are defined by the shadows. Darker skin–African American, Asian, Hispanic, Indian and Native American are shaped by highlights. Source of Illumination & Fill Panel This portrait of Shawn is lit with a three foot Chimera Octa Plus light bank powered by a Dynalite Studio Head electronic flash […]

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Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome Joe McNally to Photofocus.  While Joe’s a busy guy, he’ll be making some posts here from time to time.  Please give a warm welcome to Joe and encourage him by leaving feedback on the article and sharing it with your friends. It Started with a Shimmer… Actually, a shimmer […]

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Environmental portraits show people in their place, their habitat. The environment sets the mood and the place of the story, and a single look at the photograph can tell you what the story is about. Let me show you three things I think about as I light the background to make an environment worth photographing. 1. It’s Gotta Be […]

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MAINLIGHT

The main light is the source of illumination for a picture. It’s the one that’s measured for exposure with an incident meter. Using one is explained in the Photofocus post Exposure Tactics: Incident Metering. It sets the mood for the photograph. It’s the one that all the other lights serve. It also provides the main […]

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This tutorial explores the role of back light in a three-point lighting setup. This light can be essential as it helps create separation between your subject and the background. This is an easy way to add depth to a scene and really make your subject look their best. This is an excerpt from a full-length class from […]

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Featured Image

Our sample image was shot using only one light. To mimic a three light set up with red and blue gels, Lightroom’s powerful Graduated & Radial Filters were used.

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NIGHTLIGHT

I just returned from a nighttime photography trip (Ron Risman’s Timelapse Workshop).  The goal was to shoot the night sky… over and over again.  With a group of several photographers, the amount of light pollution can get pretty high.  Flashlights, camera LEDs, cell phones and more.  Every light source can get in the way of […]

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