Anatomy of photographing a location headshot / portrait

What do you do when you’re faced with a really dark space to shoot in? One of the problems with cranking up the ISO of your camera is that you lose contrast and the sense of depth that directional and controlled lighting can bring to an image. You don’t always have to use multiple flashes – working with the natural light and supplementing it can give you the equivalent of a 3-light setup. Sometimes you have to build up and create the lighting from scratch, layer by layer. There are some examples below with notes as to how they were shot – usually in dark murky corners with the light put back in. If you would like to learn more about lighting or camera skills the next training workshop is is on June 2nd.

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