Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dramatic Portrait Light

There's an old adage about portraiture: If you want an interesting portrait, don't light the entire subject.
By Rick Sammon Published in Quick Fix
The opening image for this column was taken in a warehouse. My friend and I set up a cool, painted background and then drove his car into position.
The opening image for this column was taken in a warehouse. My friend and I set up a cool, painted background and then drove his car into position.
Hey, one of the reasons why you're reading Digital Photo magazine is because you like how digital effects can enhance a photograph. I'm with you. As much as I may like an image, any image, I usually experiment with plug-ins to see how they can make it even more creative. For this photo, I applied the Duplex filter in Nik Color Efex Pro and then added a digital frame using Image Borders. Explore plug-ins—they can help to awaken the artist within.

So, play with light for a quick fix for boring portraits, and remember, shadows are your friend!


Our friend Rick Sammon has been writing for this magazine for more than 10 years. Visit with Rick at ricksammon.com to learn more about digital imaging.

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