When we learn about lighting in portrait photography, we mostly focus on where to add light and how to shape it, but the presence of light is only made impactful by the mutual presence of shadows. Shadows can be a fantastic tool not just for contrast but to create a sense of drama or to tell a story with your images. This fantastic video tutorial will walk you through the process of lighting a portrait image with carefully crafted shadows to show you just how powerful they can be.
Coming to you from Karl Taylor, this excellent video tutorial will walk you through the lighting and creation of a carefully lit portrait photo to show you how shadows can be a powerful tool for making compelling images. We spend a lot of time working on adding light to a photo, but knowing when, where, and how to subtract it is a subtle skill that can greatly enhance your technical skill and expand your creative voice. This is why so many portrait photographers who work in a studio keep a set of v-flats or two around to be able to more precisely sculpt the light or to add a shot of contrast when desired. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Taylor.