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Creative Portrait Lighting

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

2. Eyes Are The Windows To The Soul

Look at the eyes in the flash portrait that I took in my home studio. They are well lit and in sharp focus. For most portraits, that’s essential.

Also note the size of the model’s pupils. They are very large and inviting. When you are photographing in a dark room and using a flash, which goes off at about 1/10,000 sec., the subject’s pupils don’t have time to close down, resulting in very inviting, receptive eyes. When you use constant lights, the pupils close down, which results in less-inviting eyes. The type of lights you use affect the viewer’s perception of subject.

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