15 May 2012

Portrait Tip - 90 degree lighting

The conventional approach to lighting is to have the light source at 45 degrees to the subject and 45 degrees above. This works fine, however, if you want to increase the modeling effect, three dimensionality and texture of a subject try lighting the subject at eye level and at an angle of 90 degrees to the subject. This increases the drama of the image and gives the image more of a 'Fine Art Look'

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. But above all know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.  
George Eastman (founder of Kodak)

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