50 Lighting Setups for Portrait Photographers: by Steven H Begleiter

By Steven H Begleiter

This cookbook-style advisor to portrait lights includes the entire components precious for a profitable photograph shoot. With 60 two-page spreads highlighting the concepts used to create gorgeous pix along the graphics themselves, aspiring photographers may have a transparent feel of either the "how" and the "why" of excellent lights. tricky questions equivalent to How am i able to downplay a double chin and darkish shadows less than the eyes? and the way am i able to produce a delicate, romantic believe in a woman's portrait? Are addressed and resolved during this no-nonsense consultant to strong lighting.

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Ask questions and try to involve the person studio/home in Manhattan. I always think of sculp- in the creative process. It builds trust and helps them tors as big kids who still like to play in the mud and feel more comfortable in front of the camera. That create wonderfully unique objects. My objective was said, you must still remember that you are the direc- to create a spirited, playful image of a father and son. tor during the photo shoot; your subjects will respond better when you give them direction.

If you do, shoot using have the Philadelphia skyline in the background and a the self-timer so you are not touching the camera dur- night shot was essential to create the drama. ing the exposure. Since I was working on a bridge and doing a long exposure, I also brought a five-pound Posing weight to steady my tripod—and we waited to shoot In theatrical publicity photography, I find that exag- until there wasn’t any traffic. gerated gestures work best. I wanted Mary look vulnerable, so I used a fetal position.

Because of my preparation, though, this Visual Objective was more than enough time. The Howes liked the Gordie and all but one of his sons were professional short session and seemed to have fun. (The real treat hockey players, but I wanted to capture them away was when they asked my assistant and I to have dinner from the ice. I wanted a clean background with just a with them. They were cooking up the fish they had suggestion of the environment—the fishing rod. ) Posing Tips Group portraits always pose logistical challenges.

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