The portrait is considered the supreme discipline in photography. It is about capturing the soul of a person. In order for this to succeed, it not only needs a good relationship between the photographer and the model. That too Light must to chosen imagery fit.
Today photographers have it easier than ever to find the perfect ones mimic natural light conditions . Whether with studio flash or LED permanent light, in the studio or on location , the creative vision can be implemented more precisely than ever. Anyone who is still looking for answers themselves, what the creative lighting in portrait photography, for whom the following article is of interest.
Soft light from above
It may sound like an overly simple solution, yes artificial light , the slightly oblique and from above illuminates the person to be photographed, leads to the desired results in most cases. Particularly soft, gentle and so flattering becomes the light when the Light source as large as possible is. This is achieved by creatives with the appropriatelight shapers work. Soft boxes, octa boxes or even one translucent screen quickly lead to the desired result with a little trial and error. This main light, which is attached diagonally from above, can be easily adjusted with more lights or reflectors supplement in order to model the light even better according to your own ideas.
The natural light
With a light, so with artificial light , an attempt is made to natural light in its most beautiful form imitate . When photographing with natural light, you need a good eye for the lighting situation - it is especially true to avoid harsh shadows . This is easiest to do when shooting in the early morning or late evening. At this time, since the light comes in from the side, it naturally brightens the face, giving it more three-dimensionality . A cloudy day is also perfect for the best possible illumination. While landscape photographers or travel reporters tend to be annoyed by bad and gray weather, portrait photographers are usually happy about it. Here again the principle of largest possible light source / and what light source is greater than that Heaven over a The result in photography, where natural light acts as illumination, are expressive images , which hardly have a shadow.
More ideas for the perfect lighting
If you are out and about with your model and the sun is beating down mercilessly from the sky, then you should definitely get the take advantage of shadows . The contrast is significantly reduced in the shadows, which is very flattering on the face. If you decide to use artificial light and have already tried out the method of lighting from an angle from above, you can main light also positioned more frontally become. However, it must be noted that the light never straight from the front should come, because that would quickly make the face appear flat and expressionless. In order to be able to approach his creative idea, it is advisable to start with a angle of 45 degrees to start the model.
Increasingly popularBacklit portraits. In the days of analogue cameras, backlit images were avoided as much as possible, but thanks to the advances in modern digital photography, particularly dreamy-looking backlit results can be achieved. Especially when the sun is slowly setting, in the so-called golden hour , lens flares and reflections look particularly good. Digital post-processing also makes it possible for areas in the image that are too dark to be brightened up again in next to no time. In combination, the many individual factors ensure this perfect portrait .
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