March 2021 // The Senior Edition

5. FEATHER YOUR LIGHT

A common complaint I hear from photographers is that the highlights on their clients’ faces are often blown out. Nine out of ten times this is caused by pointing the center of the light—the area of the modifier where the light is the most intense—directly at the face. Doing this places more light on the raised areas of the face (the forehead, nose, cheekbones, and chin). If you expose for the face, then the rest of the body will likely be underexposed. If you expose for the eyes, chances are you’ll end up with blown highlights on these raised areas that you won’t be able to recover in post-production. The easiest way to avoid this altogether is to feather your light. Feathering your light is a simple technique where you light your subject using the outer edges of your modifier and position the center (the most intense part of your light) slightly in front of, behind, above, or below your subject, depending upon the direction of your light. Doing so creates a more even light spread falling on your subject, thus softening the transition between highlights and shadows. The result is flattering light and an image that requires far less editing.

Settings: f8.0 @ 1/200 iso 200

Settings: f4.0 @ 1/200 iso 100

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