Outdoor Portrait Techniques: Backlighting
May20

Outdoor Portrait Techniques: Backlighting

One of my favorite techniques for outdoor portraiture is using backlighting to produce highlights on the subject’s hair and, depending on the scene, maybe blow out the background to create a pseudo high-key effect. Want to try it? The next time you photograph somebody outdoors, place them in the kind of position you normally use with the sun shining onto their face but instead of making a photograph turn her around. Right away the...

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Using Gel Filters & Speedlights for Outdoor Portraits
Jul25

Using Gel Filters & Speedlights for Outdoor Portraits

A digital SLR’s Tungsten color balance setting is amazingly useful; it’s like loading a film camera with Tungsten-balanced color slide film. It’s useful when shooting under living room incandescent lamps but you can also use it outdoors with a filtered flash to create a special effect. One of my favorite techniques for using the Tungsten setting is for portraits. This portrait was made on a movie set in Phoenix. The camera...

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