#4 Ex­per­i­ment with light­ing

Practical Photography (UK) - - 10clicks -

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.

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