Learning how to effectively diffuse light is one of the most powerful skills any photographer can have, as it leads to softer and more flattering portraits. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to use different kinds of diffused light for better portraits.
Coming to you from Daniel Norton with Adorama TV, this great video tutorial shows how to use different variations of diffused light for more flattering portraits. The reason photographers love diffused (or soft) light for portraits is because it creates a relatively large source of light relative to the subject. In turn, this reduces the rate at which light falls to shadow, which in turn creates softer edges and contrasts, a look that is generally believed to be flattering for most features. On the other hand, soft light can easily become flat and uninteresting, which is where it takes a more skilled and nuanced hand to shape it in a compelling way without losing its flattering features. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Norton.
If you would like to continue learning about lighting for portraits, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"