Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Side Lighting is the Best Portrait Lighting

I may get into some trouble for saying that but it is a statement I am willing to defend.

When I look at the lighting in my favorite shows, like House, Fringe, etc, I always see side lighting on the faces of the actors. It adds more drama and defines the faces of the actors. The lines on the face are clearly more visible, more edgy, and, as I've said, more dramatic. I actually don't know if I've already seen an actor lit from the front. I see it in fashion shows, but I can't recall seeing it from the more dramatic and/or suspenseful shows. Or, I may have already seen some but they didn't register to me; not compelling enough?

I made this photo of the wife with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 430-EX II speedlite. There is a white wall on camera-right and I bounced the light from the speedlite towards the wall. The light then travelled from the wall towards my subject's face. What was produced was a nicely-lit photo of the wife (@PinayObserver). (Well, of course, I am biased...)


So, after you got that shiny, new DSLR, what's next on your list should be an external flash. Movie makers know it, professional photographers know it, even Renaissance painters knew it: side lighting is best for portrait lighting.

Coincidentally, if you wanna know about those Renaissance paintings, I wrote about Rembrandt Lighting here.


--------------------------------
Want the best bag for your DSLR? I reviewed my most favorite camera backpack, the Lowepro Versapack 200 AW, here and here.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Labels

Photography Chicago There's Always A Shot Review Philippines Gadgets Outdoor Metro Manila Photography Accesories Street Photography Events Photography Inspiration Photo Journalism Summer Photography Advice Travel Winter Accessories Photography How-to Portraiture The Wife Apple Autumn Shot A Million Times Video Review iPhone Product Review Holidays Long Exposure Spring Architecture Princeton iPhone Accessories Inspiration Taguig Art Indoor Music iPod Canon Cameras Event Fireworks Photography Technique Photojournalism Museum Books Fine Art How-to Personal Product Photography iPhone photography Fitness Flowers Health iPhone Photo Blue Hour #MoreFunInThePhilippines Food Photography Landscapes Panorama Filipino Fujifilm Launch Mac Shoes Sony California HDR Japan Lenses Makati City Musings Navy Pier Night Photography Photoshop Science iPad Android BGC Bags Blog Contest Family Fashion Friends Internet Motion Blur Non-iPhone phone Road Trip Running Sunset USA iPad Accessories iPhone Apps Animated GIF Apple Accessories Battery Bluetooth Cebu Cycling Dance Earphones Fitbit Food Fujinon Garmin Gym Home Luzon Macro Natural Light Photography Outdoor Run Pageantry Parade Quantified Self Quezon City Smartphone Sports Tabletop Photography Time Lapse Video Workout iOS 4K Advice Anime Animé App Review Architectures Asia Athletics Beach City Scape Cosplay Dining Drop-proof case Duathlon Editorial Emotion Flower Globe GoPro HD Halloween Holy Sites Home Theater Joby Laptop Accessories Learning Long Zoom Love Lowepro MacBook Manga Manila Milky Way Mind Museum Minnesota Mobile Phone Mobile Phone Photography Movies North Luzon Orange PSHS Pasay City People Photography Event Post-Processing Power Rain Requests SM MoA Samsung Satire Sound Speakers TPLEX Tagaytay Tanay Televisions Temples There is always a shot Videography Walking Workshop iPhone Case iPhone Xs Max

Comment Guidelines

Keep all comments relevant to the original post. Do not post comments which contain profanity, hate speeches or solicitations of any kind. Posting comments to this blog constitutes your agreement to adhere to these guidelines.