Behind the Lens: Understanding Light for Portrait Photography - Tutorial Series
Photography means writing with light, so it's safe to say that lighting is a crucial part of photography (in all genres that is). Lighting not only "lights" the scene, it communications a message, a mood, a feeling. Light is simple to understand yet has an infinite amount of ways to be manipulated. As a portrait and fashion photographer, I focus on capturing the energy and the mood of the moment in all of my sessions. Before a portrait session, I study the light and study my subjects so I can better determine how to capture the best shot with the best light. I study the light prior to the shoot by based on the type of photography session. I can opt for a dramatic, high-key light or maybe a low-key, dark and moody scene for a creative portrait. The possibilities are endless!
Because I LOVE playing with light and talking about it, I decided to start a Lighting series tutorial on my Youtube Channel: Yesenia Bocanegra: Behind the Lens. The first episode of this series talks about very principle of light: The Inverse Square Law of Light. This episode explains how you can modify light by approximation to the subject being photographed. It's a very simple and hands down tutorial.
For our second episode of this Light Series, I created a tutorial on How to Use One Single Constant Light Source. This tutorial is a breakdown on how to maximize the use of one single light source in order to create a wide range of portraits ranging from soft and bright to dark and contrasty.
Now, if you're just joining me on this Lighting for Photography series, and are just starting out in photography, then , you can also check out a previous video I made on the Five Facial Lighting Patterns for Portrait Photography. This tutorial presents an in studio setup, of how to shape the face with light.
However, if you're more of a natural light/ on-location kind of person, then I have another tutorial for you on How to Use A 5-in-1 circular reflector. It's one of my favorite tools for when I'm shooting on location, and a must- have tool for any photographer (in my humble opinion).
I hope you can follow me in this series about the very nature of photography: Light. And don't forget to subscribe to my channel to learn right away about our latest tutorials!
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