NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1. Go long

For this shot we’re get­ting in close for the por­trait by us­ing a lens with a long fo­cal length. The 70-200mm f/2.8 we have here is per­fect and zoom­ing up to 200mm com­presses the por­trait even more, cre­at­ing an in­ti­mate ef­fect be­tween viewer and sub­ject.

3. Soften things up

Have your model face cam­era-right. Pop a re­flec­tive um­brella on the left light and shoot-through um­brella on the right. The re­flected light is more di­rec­tional, with a harder edge on the left of the face, but the front of the face (lit by the shoot-through um­brella) will re­main soft.

5. Take a test

Take a test shot in Manual mode at 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO100. Our im­age was 1-stop un­der­ex­posed after dif­fu­sion and gels were ap­plied to the lights, so we then widened the aper­ture to f/5.6; re­mem­ber that any type of mod­i­fier will have an ef­fect on the light out­put.

2. Po­si­tion the lights

With the flash­guns set to 1/2 power, place one cam­eraleft with a 3/4 turn to­wards your model, and the other cam­era-right fir­ing across the model’s face; po­si­tion­ing the flash like this forms a dis­tinct shadow along their nose, which adds depth to the im­age.

4. Add the gels

We then placed a red gel over the flash­gun on the left and a green gel over the one on the right. We found that the red colour was over­pow­er­ing the green too much, so we turned the red light down to 1/4 power, keep­ing the green at 1/2 power to bal­ance them out evenly.

6. Catch the light

We had our model Erin play with some jew­ellery near her mouth and nose. When turned justso it sparkled and gave a shine sim­i­lar to that of her eyes. This gave us bright high­lights from top-left to bot­tom-right through the im­age, for an edgy, mood­ily lit por­trait shot.

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