Light­ing

Con­trol the way light falls across your sub­ject’s face

NPhoto - - The Headshot -

If you’re us­ing nat­u­ral light, plac­ing your sub­ject by a win­dow or in a shady spot is ideal for head­shots. How­ever, a flash kit gives you more con­trol. Ahome stu­dio kit is ideal, along with a plain wall or sheet for a ‘clean’ back­ground. For sim­ple, at­trac­tive light­ing, try the so-called ‘clamshell’ set-up shown in the di­a­gram above: sim­ply po­si­tion one light (ide­ally with a soft­box or um­brella) above the face and cam­era, with a re­flec­tor held be­low the chin to bounce the light back up­wards. If you’re us­ing a se­cond light, di­rect it onto the back­drop.

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