Add in ar­tif­i­cal light­ing

Try a fresh light­ing ap­proach to help your por­traits stand out in a world that’s awash with cam­eras

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Now that any­one with a de­cent cam­era can take a com­pe­tent photo, pho­tog­ra­phers are con­stantly look­ing for ways in which tech­nol­ogy can help to set their light­ing and tech­niques apart from the crowd. One mod­ern light­ing tech­nique that’s be­ing used more and more of­ten by wed­ding and por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers is to sup­ple­ment the am­bi­ent light with off-cam­era flash, giv­ing th­ese images an edge over nat­u­ral-light por­traits.

An­other tech­nol­ogy that has come on in leaps and bounds is continuous light­ing op­tions, in­clud­ing LED pan­els, flu­o­res­cent tubes and even sim­ple lamps. Th­ese aren’t as pow­er­ful as flash, but the ef­fect of any changes to the an­gle or power of the light can be as­sessed in­stantly, and they’re ideal if you shoot both stills and video.

For off-cam­era flash, a Speed­light only needs to of­fer man­ual power con­trol and an op­ti­cal slave – fea­tures found on even the cheap­est mod­els

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