Give your photos the edge

Ja­son Par­nell-Brookes re­veals how to add drama to your por­traits us­ing off-cam­era flash

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Dis­cover how to add a slice of dra­matic side-light­ing to por­traits us­ing off-cam­era flash

The mis­sion

To cre­ate dra­matic side-light­ing with flash


30 min­utes

Skill level

Be­gin­ner In­ter­me­di­ate Ad­vanced

Kit needed

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…

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