The simplest way to work with studio light is to turn it towards your subject. And in most cases, that’s the right thing to do. You can get good looking images that way. But in some cases, you might notice that by turning the light away from the subject, you can have better control over the light, and get better results. In this video, photographer Gavin Hoey from Adorama takes you through how you can use feathered light to take beautiful portraits:
“Feathering the light is just another word for turning the light.”
A good way to feather the light is by turning the light away from the model and towards the camera so that it’s almost parallel to the subject. Doing so will still light the subject while turning the background darker. And with darkened background, you get to have more control over how it looks by adding as much light as you like.
And if you want, you can even try feathering the light vertically. You just need to point it more upwards or downwards. But be aware that the effect that you’ll get won’t be suited for every scenario. Also take note that the extent of much you should feather the light greatly depends on the modifier that you are using. So, be sure to practice before you try it out.
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