How to Add Depth to a Portrait

A photograph is a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional world, and as such, part of the challenge to the photographer is to recreate a sense of depth in the image. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to use lighting and other techniques to create a deep sense of depth in a portrait for a more compelling overall image. 

Coming to you from Jiggie Alejandrino, this great video tutorial will show you how to add a sense of depth to a portrait image. There is a tendency to overly focus on the subject in a portrait. Of course, they should get a lot of attention, but on the other hand, if you do not add context around them, it can leave the result ending up a bit one-dimensional and lacking something that compels the viewer to consider the photo beyond the surface level. Adding a bit of depth and context around the subject can really take your portraits to the next level. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Alejandrino. 

If you would like to continue learning about how to light a portrait, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Very nice.