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Creative Portrait Lighting

12 time-proven lighting techniques for making pro-quality portraits

12. Drag The Shutter

Here’s a creative technique that works indoors and outdoors. Basically, it’s a fill-in flash shot as described above, except that you set a slow shutter speed, maybe 1/15 or 1/18 sec. You either photograph a subject with movement (left) or move the camera during exposure (right). You’ll need to experiment with different shutter speeds to get the desired effect.

Well, my friends, I hope you enjoyed these tips. Now it’s time to put them to use and make some creative images.

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