#4 Experiment with lighting
Creating stunning portraiture isn’t simply a case of pointing and shooting. The best portrait photographers are constantly coming up with new techniques, just like Ukraine-based fashion and beauty photographer Denis Kartavenko (kartavenko.com).
“I’ve always preferred images that stand out from the mainstream, so from the beginning of my career I’ve endeavoured to create photos that surprise and delight my viewer. My make-up artist, Karina Seraya, created the enigmatic look on this model, which I wanted to show off as best as possible, so my main technical challenge was setting up the right lighting that would let me make the most of her work.
“During one of my previous shoots I’d experimented with using a constant light and then mixing it with a pulse studio flash. I loved the results and knew that it was a technique that would work well for this portrait.
“I used one studio flash with a reflector and then an LED light as my continuous source. The main difficulty with mixing light is that you need to compensate for the temperature difference between the cold and warm lights. I’d usually use conversion filters, but luckily the colour temperature of my two light sources were about the same.
“I used a focal length of 104mm, then chose an aperture of f/5.6 for a blurry background. A shutter speed of 1/6sec emphasised the surreal nature of the shot.”
Above Open Photoshop and go to Image>Adjustments>Selective Color in order to adjust and refine your image’s colours.