April 2021 // The Travel Edition

Working On Location with Off-Camera Flash | Dixie Dixon

4. THE BIGGER YOUR LIGHT SOURCE, THE SOFTER IT WILL BE

This is why sunlight, if used correctly, tends to be soft—it is a huge source and bounces everywhere. One of my favorite ways to light inside is to bounce a strobe off of a white V-flat and back onto my subject. This creates a large soft light source that looks soft and gorgeous.

5. UTILIZE SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD

This basically means setting your camera’s aperture wide open, say f1.4 or f2.8 so the background falls beautifully out of focus and draws more attention to your subject while eyes are tack sharp.

settings: f2.0 @ 1/160 iso 250

settings: f2.8 @ 1/200 iso 250

6. OVEREXPOSE SKIN TONES TO MAKE SKIN GLOW

I personally overexpose my subject’s skin tones by about 1/3 to 1/2 a stop because it tends to make my subject’s skin look luminous and in return, less retouching is needed. You don’t have to go by exactly what your meter says; go by what looks great.

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