1 tutorial - 3 very different portraits

About this tutorial

There are three distinct portraits of the same model in this tutorial – they were created to illustrate how lighting tones are used to create the illusion of depth and dimension in a photograph. This resulted in three pretty interesting portraits; Portrait 1 has almost no lighting contrast at all (just a diffused highlight, with no shadow or specular contrast); Portrait 2 shows a diffused highlight with shadow contrast only; and Portrait 3 shows the full spectrum of lighting contrast with an emphasis on specular contrast.

Topics covered in this tutorial:
  • Using chiaroscuro to create the illusion of depth and dimension.
  • How contrast affects the mood of an image.
  • No contrast lighting – diffused highlights only.
  • Shadow contrast.
  • Specular contrast.
  • Altering the surface quality on your subject.
  • Extreme flat lighting.
  • Base exposures.
  • Working with soft boxes, Octabanks, beauty dishes, grids and gobos.
  • Back lighting fabric backgrounds.
  • Using comparative ratios to set the tone of your background.
  • Methods of fine tuning contrast in Photoshop.
All images, video and written content of this tutorial © Greg Blue Photography. Images, video and written content may not be used, copied or republished in any way without the express written permission of Greg Blue Photography.


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