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Lighting a fashion head shot

200705we_wpsfashionhead Professional Photographer magazine offers our readers free lighting tutorials from Web Photo School.

The this lesson from Steve Dantzig provided its own unique set of challenges. The model, Johanna, is a beautiful young lady of Filipino and Spanish descent. Her facial features are soft yet distinctive, and her thick dark brown/black hair is stunning. Dantzig wanted to photograph her in a way that accentuated both aspects of her beauty and create a sense of mystery about her.

Choosing a dark backdrop to emphasize the intrigue, Dantzig shoots with three different films and conducts and entirely unscientific comparison between some of today's finest transparency films.

Topics Covered:

  • Shooting Black on Black
  • Highlight and contrast control
  • Posing and position
  • Comparing films and color

Go to Lighting a Fashion Head Shot lesson at Web Photo School.