HOW TO PHOTO THE NIGHT CITY. RULES, ADVICE, TALKS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Photographer Matt Perry shows how to transform eye-catching cityscapes into breathtaking images while working harmoniously with the surroundings and city lights. Photo by Matt Parry Combine natural light with artificial…

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EXPLANATION OF THE METHOD OF DOUBLE DISTANCE
Distance doubling is a way to increase the depth of field of a photo by focusing on the desired distance in the scene. Your goal is to align the foreground…

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CREATION OF ENERGY SPORTS PORTRAITS IN A STUDIO
The most obvious solution for shooting an athlete is to photograph a person on the field (court, track, etc.), but this is not entirely practical. Often such portraits are not…

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SOMETHING ABOUT PRECIOUS LIGHTING FOR PORTRAIT SHOOTING

Behind every good lighting is a shadow that gives shape and size to the subject. The complex interaction between what you illuminate and what you keep in the shadows – this is what brings visual interest and brings creative sharpness to the images. In studio lighting, this is the raw material with which to work and with which to create the right one.

The main or key light source simply provides the main lighting for the subject. You can create some amazing portraits using a single light source, but what if you want to add something else? Here comes the time when accent lighting comes into play. What is it like?

Accent lighting is usually created by a controlled light source that highlights specific areas of the subject. He can lighten the model’s hair to visually separate it from the background, or it can be a side light that illuminates sweat drops on the athlete after an intense workout. This light is necessary to give a certain form to the elements of the photo, allowing the eyes to feel the various dimensions of the image.

Accent light is used to create a dramatic effect, it is best used to give style and a special atmosphere. In a dramatic style, the backlight draws attention to the main subject of the scene or some other element of the picture that the photographer wants to draw the attention of the audience.

There are two important things to remember about accent lighting:

the source should be controlled and cover only those areas that are necessary;
This lighting should be brighter than the main light in order to create the right backlight.
Simple ways to control accent lighting – using modifiers such as curtains, a tube with a grill or small strip boxes. That is, in fact, this is all that will narrow and direct the beam of light coming from the source.

American photographer Alex Smith, for example, adds lateral accent lighting to his portraits, directing light from the candy bar into narrow V-shaped planes (two large pieces of polystyrene foam joined together to form a V-shaped figure) aimed at the subject from both sides. to highlight the cheekbones and neck. Thus, the photographer literally sculpts these shapes with the help of light and shadow.

Something about accent lighting for portraiture

Lighting for hair

In illuminating the hair of the model, an important detail is that the light should be directed exclusively to the hair of the object. Thus, it should fall above and behind the object.

One of the difficulties in installing accent lighting on the hair of a model is that most often you are dealing with low ceilings, which make it difficult to use large deep octoboxes above the head of the subject, so you only need to use small ones. However, a problem arises when downsizing any source, especially when light falls slightly behind an object. The light often becomes too bright and generally loses detail, creating a “cropped” selection in the histogram.

light scheme for glare

If space allows you, a small or medium softbox in most situations does a good job of lighting the hair of an object, regardless of its color. Just remember that the darker the hair of the model, the more noticeable the illuminated areas, and the more noticeable the shadows become.

Something about accent lighting for portraiture

Light in the eyes

Sometimes you may have a light pattern that makes it difficult to focus on the two eyes of the model at once. For example, when one side of the face turns bright, and the other in the shade. If you need a deep shadow, you can refuse to use the fill flash, there will be no glare in the shaded eye.

Or your model may have a large nose that blocks the light, or extremely deep-set eyes that do not allow light to pass through. Glare in the eyes is vital! Without them, the eyes in the pictures look dead and lifeless, and viewers and subjects simply do not like portraits.

STYLISHED SHOOTING
What is stylized photography? This is a shot with a thoughtful idea and concept. Such surveys are mainly needed for commerce. From clothing stores to catering services. Types of stylized…

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MAGIC WINTER LANDSCAPES: HOW TO TURN A DIAMOND DUST INTO SUNNY PILLARS
The Japanese island of Hokkaido in winter colors is a treasury of objects for photography. Even if you wanted to shoot exclusively winter landscapes, your choice includes a number of…

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HOW TO CREATE A HISTORICAL PICTURE "THEN NOW" AND ANIMATED GIF
Then-and-now images are much more than just a funny picture. They allow you to visually show how a place has changed over time, which is why such photos are an…

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What is ISO and how to configure it
The ISO value is one of the most important settings when shooting, along with such values ​​as shutter speed, aperture, and white balance. ISO is also often referred to as…

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