Creative Portrait Lighting Tips and Ideas

Once you have the basics of using artificial lighting down, you can start to really explore your creativity and develop a recognizable personal style by exploring more unique ways of using lighting. This quick and to-the-point video tutorial will give a few helpful tips and ideas for creative lighting for portraits. 

Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this awesome video tutorial discusses some tips and ideas for using creative lighting for portraits. We usually talk about lighting in terms of how to use it to create a correct exposure and to illuminate the subject in a flattering or interesting way, but I think we do not explore how to use lighting to create interesting stylistic effects as much as we could, such as the leaves silhouette Ortiz makes in this video. Once you are comfortable with the basics of lighting your subjects, don't be afraid to branch out into more creative scenarios like these. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Ortiz. 

And if you really want to learn about lighting for portrait photography, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley," which is currently on sale for 20% off, along with the rest of the Fstoppers store

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