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Learn How This Dramatic Beach Portrait Was Lit and Shot

Dramatic portraits that mix the natural light of the sun behind the subject with a strobe to emphasize the model are a popular look and a fantastic way to practice lighting skills and to build your portfolio. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to shoot one such portrait to produce professional results. 

Coming to you from Eli Infante, this helpful video tutorial will show you how to shoot a portrait that mixes natural light and a strobe. For this shoot, Infante is using the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art with the Westcost FJ400 and Rapid Box Octa. If you are newer to working with artificial lighting, this is a great sort of shot to practice, as it will challenge not only your ability to use a strobe but to balance it with natural light as well. This is a common look, as the sun and clouds provide a fantastic backdrop for your subject, but with the light behind them, you need to augment it with a strobe to balance the exposure on them, thus the need for a strobe. It only requires one light, which also makes it an appropriate way to practice lighting as a beginner, though you'll likely continue to use the technique as you grow more proficient. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Infante. 

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