How to Light a Fashion and Hair Competition Portrait

Lighting can make or break a portrait, and sometimes, you will be asked by a client to tailor your lighting design to accentuate specific characteristics or features of your subject. In this great video tutorial, you will see a photographer team up with a world-class barber to create images for a hairstyling competition and learn how a combination of lighting and editing came together to create the final images. 

Coming to you from John Gress, this awesome video tutorial will show you how he lit and edited a set of images for a hairstyling competition. As you will probably notice, this is a bit different than normal portrait lighting, as the focus is reduced on the eyes and increased on the hair, challenging your lighting skills. Beyond that challenge, Gress also had to ensure that the lighting was consistent from all angles, as the final result was made from compositing multiple images and thus, needed to be believable. Even if you don't plan on doing work on this, it's a fun challenge for your lighting and editing skills. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Gress.

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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