Learn How to Create These Slit Lighting Portraits

Half the fun of studio lighting is that you get such granular control over the lighting that you can bring ideas to fruition that simply would not be possible with just natural light. Such is the case with this video, which will show you how to create these eye-catching shots using slit lighting.

Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this great video will show you his lighting setup for creating dramatic portraits using slit lighting. It is definitely a less traditional look, but I think this sort of experimentation is at the heart of finding one's personal style as a photographer and is something that every photographer should take the time to do. Ortiz is using a MagMod kit for this setup. If you are not familiar with them, MagMod makes a range of modifiers that are particularly popular with the wedding photographer crowd for their ease of use and efficiency.

By the way, if you want to see someone else getting highly creative with MagMod modifiers, be sure to check out the work of our very own Jason Vinson; he is one of my favorite photographers to go to when I need a bit of creative inspiration. 

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7 Comments

Daris Fox's picture

I use Scrims (velvet and cotton) and gobos which gives me more flexibility. I've even used cardboard when heat wasn't an issue. Nice promotion for MagMod though.

I've used slit type lighting as more as an accent light than a primary light source. It's a variant of chiaroscuro lighting and goes hand-in-hand with film noire where's been used for decades. A recent subtle example of this is part of the final scenes of Jason Isaacs/Lucius Malfoy in the Chamber of Secrets.

Francisco Hernandez's picture

Definitely some film noir vibes! Great job, Manny! =)

David Love's picture

The BW def hides that puke green color you got from two gels used together.

Jeff Walsh's picture

100% that color was awful

Francisco Hernandez's picture

"Yeah, I have colored gels and I could have used them better..."

He literally admits this in the video. Instead of being so pessimistic with your comments how about make a video showing how to better utilize gels? Videos take a lot of hard work and I respect Manny for constantly putting out videos every week.

Arun Hegden's picture

Thank you for sharing this. Will try this soon.:)

Cathal Twomey's picture

Yeah , I liked how he admitted the gels didnt work ,and how long it took to get it just right you don't always see that in photography videos , but at least he found a solution by converting to black and white
plan on buying the diffuser after seeing this ... as I found it an interesting and informative video...nice one Manny