March 2021 // The Senior Edition

3. STEP INTO THE FRAME

One of the easiest ways to understand how light is illuminating your subject is to step into the frame. Yes, it really is that simple. How can you know what your light is doing if you don’t know how it’s falling on your subject? Once you set your light, step into the frame and stand where you’ve positioned your subject to see the light from their perspective. Is it too low for their height, creating unflattering shadows? Is it too far off to one side or the other? Is it too close or too far away, making the light larger or smaller in relation to your subject? This is especially important when you go from a standing pose to a seated pose. By shifting your subject’s face to a lower position, you will lose a significant amount of light. Therefore, it’s critical to reevaluate your light’s position when making such an adjustment. Additionally, being closer to the ground and lowering your light means that you’re going to encounter additional reflected light from the floor, so stepping into the frame to see where your light is pointed is critical in the process of shaping the light that falls on your subject. This simple step of evaluating your light from the other side of the camera will ensure your light is perfect before you snap a single image.

Settings: f11 @ 1/125 iso 200

Powered by