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For this por­trait we have cho­sen an in­door lo­ca­tion that has re­flec­tive sur­faces and neon lights, which will be re­flected into the scene by hold­ing a piece of Per­spex at an an­gle in front of the lens. Fairy lights were placed on a shiny sur­face and spaced out to cre­ate bokeh.

It is best to shoot in day­light as we are not us­ing flash, so do take no­tice of the po­si­tion of win­dow light and use it to help light your model. Care­ful place­ment of white fairy lights helped il­lu­mi­nate our sub­ject’s face here.

A cam­era that can han­dle a higher ISO is an ad­van­tage due to the low light. A Sony a7 and 50mm lens were used here. A wide-open aper­ture of 1.8 has en­abled the cap­ture of a pleas­ing bokeh from the var­i­ous lights. A shut­ter speed of 250 was used to avoid move­ment, and ISO was 640.

The neon lights ended up out of sight through the viewfinder due to my cho­sen com­po­si­tion – they were above the model to the left. I used Per­spex held close to my lens to bounce re­flec­tions of the neon lights into the im­age and moved it un­til I could see the re­flec­tions.


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