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Creative Portrait Lighting

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

7. Get Smokin’

This guitar player is smokin’—because I used a very simple technique. One light is placed to camera left, and another light is placed directly behind her. Before I took the picture, I had a friend toss baby power up in the air between the light behind the model and the model. Illuminated from behind, the powder looks like smoke. You could also use a smoke machine to achieve a similar effect. If you do use a smoke machine, just be sure to turn off your fire alarm during the session and then remember to turn it back on.

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