Lighting a portrait well makes all the difference.
Flat, dull light may not provide the atmosphere you want, and high-contrast lighting can be challenging.
Adding a little flash to your portrait session affords you a greater level of control, and this can bring depth and dimension to your portrait photography.
Here is what is discussed in this guide:
- Why flat lighting can produce dull portraits
- Why introducing a second light source helps to create depth
- The importance of knowing your gear so you can act quickly
- Controlling your flash output
- How to create foreground and background contrast
- The challenge of using minimal depth of field while using electronic flash and ambient lighting together
- Why flash direction is crucial
- Creating a foreground, middle ground, and background
- Creating a leading line
- Framing your subject
- Common mistakes
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Photo Credit: Kevin Landwer-Johan