Studio Portrait Photography Tips

In: Reference & Education

17 Sep 2013

If you have ever wanted to know how to shoot beautiful portraits in a studio then you will not want to miss these tips and tricks.

Recently I did a photo session of a friend in the studio. She wanted a simple portrait for her site. I used a few techniques and tricks to not only pose her well, but light the photo in a pleasing way. Studio portrait techniques are not difficult to become skilled at. They simply need an understanding of how much lighting you must use , and, what direction it is coming from.

Studio portrait techniques are not difficult to learn. They just need an understanding of just how much light you require, and, what direction it is coming from. Studio light is so uncomplicated and can be mastered with some practice. It?s important not to hurry these things as you complete an understanding of studio lighting.

The majority of studio lighting is fitted with quite a lot of lights including softboxes. Softboxes are pretty straightforward to utilize. They are lights that have a nonstop mode to them, but fire with a wireless trigger. This means that the lights stay on until you connect a wireless remote trigger to them. This little device sits on your camera. Its counterpart attaches at the rear of the light. When you activate the shutter button that light shoots out a burst of light, similar to the direct flash.

This small device sits on your camera. Its counterpart attaches at the rear of the light. When you press the shutter button this light shoots out a burst of light, comparable to the direct flash. The rationale for this is that we want to capture a well lit portrait.

We can’t always do this with soft lighting. The light has the softbox clipped on to it so that you can illuminate your portrait well, but still have the powerful light you need. Its the same principle as using a huge diffuser on top of your flash. Its effective lighting for studio portraits. The direction and output of light are two considerations when creating beautiful studio portraits.

Its crucial to fill in any possible shadow areas on the persons face. We do this by making sure the persons face has the correct amount of light.

Next we must look at the angle of light. Typically studio portraiture relies on front on lighting. This is for precisely the same reason as the first example. If you have just one light to the side of the subject’s face you will create deep shadowed areas accross their face. This is great for a theatrical effect but it is not going to work for a relaxed, family studio shot of your friend or family member.

You can light the person from the front with one light or two. If you use two lights they must be placed at like distances on either side of the subject’s face. For example, you can position one light two meters away from the persons right side of the face. Next, you can place a light at exactly the same distance on the other side. That will give you an smooth lighting style across their face, getting rid of any shadows completely.

After that, you can position a light at exactly the same distance on the other side. That will give you an smooth lighting style across their face, eradicating any shadows entirely.

Always keep the lighting uncomplicated. Think about what you want to light and position the lights in that spot. I know it sounds a lot simpler than it really is, but with some preparation you will learn the studio in no time.

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