Give your photos the edge
Jason Parnell-Brookes reveals how to add drama to your portraits using off-camera flash
Discover how to add a slice of dramatic side-lighting to portraits using off-camera flash
To create dramatic side-lighting with flash
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Nikon D-SLR Flashgun and wireless flash trigger Diffuser Black card
Most of us have probably used side-lighting in our photography before, even if we didn’t necessarily do so intentionally. We get someone to stand near a window and look at the camera, and the light falls across their face. Or we put a flashgun up to one side so only half their face is lit, and the other is in shadow.
With this month’s Teach Yourself Flash technique, we’re keeping the same concept but tweaking the position for a more dramatic result. We’ll position our model so that they’re a few feet away from the light source and closer to the camera, resulting in a more shadowy face and a harder edge to the profile. On this shoot we’re emphasising the wonderful shapes and curves that are created with this pleasing mix of side-lighting and backlighting. It’s simple once you get set up, so let’s take a look at where we need to position everything…