Posing Portraits Is Everything!
Part III of the Portrait Shootout! For these photos, my focus was on posing portraits and lighting. For all these posing portraits, I used a three-arm speedlight bracket with a soft-box to capture all these images. For all my posing portraits, I wanted my sky to be clear and not blown out, while at the same time having my subject be the main focus of my lighting. I had to tune my settings so my F-stop was around 15-18 and have a high shutter speed. That made my image darker, but allowed the sky to be clear. Then I used bracketed speed lights at almost full capacity to light my subjects up. Next I had to practice posing my subjects so it could add more emotion to my photos. After a few tries, I got what I wanted. I was able to get my subjects into REMBRANDT and BUTTERFLY lighting. In Photoshop I used a little bit of dodge and burn to brighten up some parts of my images and darken other. Here are some of my Posing Portraits!
This is a good example of a form of REMBRANT lighting. His face is lit up, but there are some shadows on the right side of his face.
This would be an example of a BUTTERFLY lighting effect. My light source was right on top of her, so there is even lighting all around her face, no shadows.
A big shout out to Brittney Hellmeister for some inspiration of photos! Check out her website! http://www.masteroflight-photography.com/