Portrait Photography Lighitng 101 - Learn about portrait photography and portrait photography lighting. Great portrait lighting tips
Portrait lighting and portrait photography lighting is something that most every novice photographer wants to learn more about. These articles are meant to be an information source and a starting point for understanding the concepts, terms, techniques, and mysteries of portrait photography and portrait photography lighting. These how-to articles will explain such things as light ratios, the differences between using umbrellas and soft boxes, and various portrait lighting set-ups that you can use for your own portrait photography.
Meet my portrait lighting stand-in midel, Sandy. Sandy’s a mannequin and has been a guest of my studio for many years now. I use her for setting up portrait photography shoots before the subjects arrives. I use Sandy for my portrait photography setups because she’s amazingly patient and never gives me any grief. Those are the same two reasons I never use my kids or my wife to set up my portrait lighting… :+)
I’ve decided to use her for our portrait photography lighting model for two really good reasons: she works really cheap and because using her will take away the “expression” variable so we can talk about the portrait lighting without being distracted by the variables a human would bring to the photos. She may not be human, but she’s one heck of a soccer player. Look at all those medals!
Shooting and lighting portraaits on location can be quite a challenge. I'll show you some of the lighting tips a tricks I've picked up over the years.