Christopher Grey: Cut Your Background in Half

© 2012 Christopher Grey

© 2012 Christopher Grey

In this article by Christopher Grey, he demonstrates a technique that gives the background of your studio portraits some pizzaz.

He says to “think of each light modifier as a “personality.” Strong or weak, hard or soft, each modifier is a tool to help you shape your subject into what you see in your mind’s eye.” Just as you would shape the light on your subject, you can shape the light on your background to add something to the image.

In this tutorial, he details a trick to cut your background in half, making one half light and the other half dark. Read the full article to see how it’s done, and add this technique to your arsenal.


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