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Simple two steps make the portraiture of sunset more splendid by using flash lamp


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Although the light gradation in alleyway is rich, as the sunset is setting, the chance that light is shielded by buildings will be higher. Although the color temperature of sunshine still exists in the environment, after lacking the lines of light, even if the feeling of sunset is still in the picture, it seems to lack some power.

Diagrammatize the photographic steps

STEP 1: decide the lighting position

I have always loved taking pictures in the alley; except sometimes there have some good natural shadow that can be used as background, but under the lighting condition, alleyway is also a good place to play.

When lighting, I put the flash lamp at the same level line of model. Generally speaking, I don’t directly hit the light on the model, but to use flash lamp to hit the light on the edge of the photographic theme, making the light on the model generate a highlight area, so that the fake sunshine will be looked more real; as for the front light of model, it hands over to the local natural light.

When metering, I will meter the natural light first and then decide the position and wattage of the flash lamp according to the spot light condition. Like the previous condition, I who love the backlight will also stand at the relative flashing light position to shoot a backlighting photo.

Of course, sometimes you don’t need to excessive backlighting; using model to block some light can also get a photo with good atmosphere.

STEP 2: the lighting application in different scenes.

In addition to using flash lighting to hit the highlight area at the edge of the model to make the sense of sunshine, we can also use the spot buildings to create shadow and making the shadow of the whole photo feel richer.

In this scenario, I find that at the right of the picture seems to lack some feeling of shadow, but the left highlight area will make the equilibrium sense of the whole picture wrong, so I add a flashlight on the left of the picture, of course I add a 1/2 CTO filter on the front. Then you can use telegraphy pole to make the shadow, to fill the vacancy of the photo at the right. You can also use free photo collage software to add some photo effect, blurring the background of photos, so that it will not feel empty.


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