Flash Portraits: creative off-camera lighting techniques you have to try
Make the most of your surroundings
Rather than getting your model to just lean against a wall or stand with her arms crossed, encourage her to interact with her surroundings.
In this case, an interesting door on a derelict building has helped to frame Clare and enabled her to create a funky pose.
By shooting low, we’ve created the illusion that she’s a lot taller.
It was getting quite late in the day by this time and the light was fading fast, which helped create a vignetting effect. Clare’s face has caught the light and really stands out.
Here we used a 18-70mm lens at the longest focal length to capture this lovely headshot of our model Clare. We positioned the flashgun almost head-on, parallel to her face and about three feet away.
This meant that she was well lit and the door in the background caught enough light too. We shot at f/5.6 to throw the background out of focus, with a shutter speed of 1/125sec. As with the rest of the shoot, we kept the Speedlight set to Auto mode.
PAGE 1: How to get started taking off-camera flash portraits
PAGE 2: Essential gear for flash portraits
PAGE 3: Choosing locations for flash portraits
PAGE 4: Alternative lighting
PAGE 5: Where to position your off-camera flash
PAGE 6: Make the most of your surroundings in your flash portraits
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on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.
Tags: flash photography tips, Photo effects, portrait photography