When you work on building a lighting setup for a portrait, you likely think about it from the perspective of adding different lights and modifiers. But as important as adding light is, knowing where and how to take it away is just as crucial to shaping your subject. This great video will show you how to use v-flats to create negative fill and improve the look of your portraits.
Coming to you from Lindsay Adler Photography, this excellent video will show you how v-flats can be used to create negative fill in photos. V-flats are very useful for a variety of reasons, as they can be used to kick back light like a reflector, absorb it, flag lights, or even function as a backdrop. In the case of subtracting light, you use the black side, which absorbs light and helps to create shadows. These shadows can do more than add a bit of drama or a stylistic touch to your images; they can accentuate your subject by creating higher contrast or by helping to define their features, like their jawline. They are particularly great because they are much cheaper than adding more lights, they're less work to set up, and using them to shape light in camera can save you time and effort in post. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Adler.