Tutorial for Lighting in Photography Portraits

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Lighting is very important, but especially so when it comes to photography portraits. Get a tutorial in lighting in photography portraits with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Now, today, I'd like to talk to you a bit about lighting for portrait photography. Now, there's a lot of different things that you can do, but I'm just going to give you a brief demonstration on different lights that you can use for photo, for portrait photography. So, we'll start off the key light. Now, the key light is going to be your main source of light coming to, into the image. So, now, if you can see how dark it gets and then you can bring it back up and that's actually my key light. That's usually the light that you want to kind of start off with. Now, from there, you can just place lights all around and it's going to bring up different, different exposures and different feels for you. Now, a fill light is actually going to be coming in from the opposite side. It can usually be anything from a, a very faint light to maybe a bounce card that just kind of brings up the fill on one side. Now, from there, back here we have the kicker. If you can see this, what a kicker actually does is use to define somebody's jawline and, and give them a little bit of an edge that separates them from the background. So, as you can see I'll flip that off and on a little bit and you can see the difference that it brings in. Now, another thing that will separate you from the background is the back light. Now, watch this. A back light separates a person from the background and not only that, it can accents someone's hair. So, sometimes it is called the hair light. One thing that a, this is very beneficial with for is females and it can actually give them a real nice, a real nice glow to their hair and it, and it just kicks up the vibrants of it. Now, another thing that we have is the background light. Now, a background light is going to just simply light up the background. As you can see there, it just, it just goes ahead and it just adds a little bit, just a little bit of depth to the image. Now, from there you can just simply play around with every single one of them, determining what you want on and what you want off just to give the the third, different type of feel to the image and it's just going to be all up to you. So, go ahead and you can , you can play around, you can, you can take the image with, with the kicker off; maybe you want the kicker off and maybe you want, maybe you want the background, the background light off. Now, again, these are all just going to give different feels for the image and, and it's really up to you. Just have fun and keep playing around with it. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.


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