There are several ways to create more interesting photos, one way is to use off-camera lighting to help separate your subject from the environment or even making them the main focus of the shot. Carsten Schertzer shares 10 flash techniques he uses in his wedding and engagement photos to make them more interesting. These technique do not have to stop there, some of them can be used in other portrait sessions or even shooting products.
With any portrait, you want your main focus to be on the subjects. The techniques listed below will help you separate your subjects and draw your attention to them and help you create a more interesting shot.
- Highlighting Against Shadow to Isolate Your Subject
- Silhouetting Against Highlights
- White Balance Throw
- Dragging Your Shutter
- Shoot Through
- Backlighting Suspended Particles
- Up-lighting the Dance Floor
- Multiple Exposures
One of my favorite’s techniques from the list is dragging the shutter in combination with flash to freeze your subjects in the action. In the main image above, you see the crowd of people walking by to help frame the couple in combination with the use of flash to highlight and freeze them for sharpness. All of these are great techniques to use and are explained in detail with a few example shots on his site, Ilumina Studios. Which technique is your favorite off the list? Do you have any additional flash technique you use?