Simple Lighting Technique Pt.3 | Raleigh Portrait Photography

The third and final installment of this series.

(You can read part one HERE and part two HERE.)

You may recall in part two I utilized a lighting technique called split lighting.  This type of lighting splits the face  into equal halves with one side being in the light, and the other in shadow.

For part three, I decided to face my subject towards the light 100%.  I wanted to achieve soft, bright & even light.

We are using the larger piece of foam board for the background.  We are using the smaller piece for …. a man made breeze!

This is the result:

ISO1000     f/3.2   1/250th

First of all, I LOVE this image!

  Second of all, I love sharing it because you would never know she was in pajama pants on my front porch with her big sister waiving a foam board in her face – which of course resulted in this fabulous grin!


Time for big sis to step into the wind zone …

ISO 500     f/3.2    1/400th

I love the soft, flowy feel to this image.  I wish I had unpinned her bangs – probably would have resulted in more hair movement.

And lastly, we stopped the wind and used that same piece of foam board as a reflector placed to her right waist area (you can see it in her eyes if you look closely)

ISO 500     f/3.2    1/400th

Mmmmm love those freckles.  Mmmmm I dig the light in this image so much.

If this was a paying client I would probably remove some of the redness from her eyes.   If I print it I will!


I hope you enjoyed this series & are inspired by this information. I’d love to read any comments that you may have!

If you are on Pinterest, I have a board dedicated to lighting.  Click HERE to visit.

If you have any other ideas for tutorials please leave ’em in the comments too.




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