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Creative Portrait Lighting

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

4. Eliminate Shadows

Yes, shadows are your friend and yes, shadows are the soul of the photograph. In this portrait, however, I used three lights and a curved reflector (Westcott Eyelighter) to eliminate the shadows for what is called a high-key photograph. The behind-the-scenes shot shows the placement of the lights. Note—a white background is important in creating high-key portraits.

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