Don’t overlight

A very common mistake of a less experienced photographer is to “over light” the subject of the image. Sometimes less is better. Like here:

Michael Willems, Self-portrait

So for many portraits and creative shots I recommend you do not start with throwing light everywhere. Start with dark. Then add light -and colour- where you want it, bit by bit.

So that is why…

  • We avoid white studios and backdrops.
  • Or we use black reflectors to eat up light.
  • And we set our ISO/Aperture/Shutter to kill ambient light.
  • And we use softboxes, grids, snoots, and gobos, not just umbrellas.

If you think about these things, your creative images will be better – I guarantee it.


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