A flair for the dramatic: Techniques for using off camera flash to create dynamic, distinct portraits


posted Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM EDT


As part of SLR Lounge's Unscripted Series, they have shared a video showing how to light dramatic portraits at night using different off camera flash techniques.

The video shows photographer Pye Jirsa working on wedding portraits. The segment opens with him utilizing gels on his flash, which can add creative color to a portrait while also helping you separate your subject(s) from the background. The next behind the scenes portion of the video showcases the "whip pan technique." Flash allows you to freeze motion during a longer exposure, which can create a very distinct look and make your portraits stand out.

If you want to use ambient light to create a distinct look, why not give prisms a try? Check out the video below to see the prism in action.

For more information on this chapter from SLR Lounge's tutorial, see this article at DIY Photography. As part of a special promotion, you can subscribe to SLR Lounge Premium and save 15% off an annual premium subscription until the end of the month using the code DIY50. To learn more about SLR Lounge premium, see the video below.

To learn more about off camera lighting, see this article featuring tutorials from SLR Lounge and Manuel Ortiz.

(Seen via DIY Photography)