Hexbyte – Glen Cove – News How to Create Dramatic Portraits with Shadow Photography [video] -Hexbyte Glen Cove News

Hexbyte – Glen Cove – News How to Create Dramatic Portraits with Shadow Photography [video] -Hexbyte Glen Cove News

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A Post By: Caz Nowaczyk

In this video by Shutterstock Tutorials, Robbie Janney shows you how to create dramatic portraits with shadow photography by using everyday objects to create those shadows.

Hexbyte – Glen Cove – News Shadow portraits

If you are after something different to do with your portraits, using shadows can create dramatic effects and make your photos stand out.

Shadow photography is an interesting niche to explore. You can achieve it by doing the following:

What you need:

  • A hard key light
  • A backlight (like a Quasar or similar)
  • Backdrop
  • Some cool household items that light can pass through (colanders, wicker baskets, film strips etc.

When shooting through the objects, the light can become softer instead of the hard light you are trying to achieve. This problem can be attributed to the light source’s aperture. Similar to your camera, when you want an image with nice sharp edges, you close your aperture to one of its smallest settings.

It’s the same with your light source. Just in this instance, you’re limiting the amount of light being put out, not absorbed. This limits the amount of diffraction that your light projects creating a harsher shadow when passing through your opaque object.

Most lights won’t have an aperture setting, so to cut down the beam of light, cut a hole in a piece of black cardboard and put that close to your light source using a stand to narrow the light beam. You can even change the shape of the hole in your cardboard for different effects.

Once you have your studio setup, and light ready, get creative with your shots by changing up the angle of light, subject, or the type of object you are sending the light through.

Experiment to get your best shots.

Have fun and share your shots in the comments below.

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Caz Nowaczyk
– the dPS Managing Editor, lives in Wollongong, Australia and has worked as a photographer, filmmaker, and designer in her business, Exposure Arts and Media, for 15 years. Her background extends to Digital Content Management, and Editorial Design. In her spare time, she composes music as Dreamgirl and the Motorist. Since the age of 12, she knew she would be a photographer – the other stuff came as a surprise!

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Hexbyte - Glen Cove - News Illustration for article titled New Update Gives the Galaxy S10 a Real Night Mode

Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

Almost every high-end phone has some kind of night mode nowadays: Google has Night Sight, LG has Night View, and Samsung has Bright Night. Unfortunately, Samsung’s version has some weird restrictions that only enables Bright Night in very low light conditions, instead of letting you turn it on whenever you want. It’s really annoying and something I called out in my Galaxy S10 review. But that’s no longer the case.

Thankfully, it seems Samsung was listening because according to SamMobile, there’s a new update rolling out for the Galaxy S10 that will let you use Samsung’s Bright Night mode just by selecting the feature in the phone’s camera app. For now, the update only seems to be available in Switzerland, but since the software patch also includes the latest monthly Android security patch, we expect the update to begin showing up on phones in other regions soon.

Previously, in order to trigger Bright Night mode, the phone needed to be in an environment with less than 1 lux of light or less, which is roughly equivalent to the amount of light you get from a single candle from one meter away. Only then would the S10’s camera app automatically trigger Bright Night mode, giving you the choice to keep it on, or turn it off.

Hexbyte - Glen Cove - News Illustration for article titled New Update Gives the Galaxy S10 a Real Night Mode

Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

In the new update, Bright Night will get broken out into a dedicated mode with its own tab so that you can activate the feature at will. This is a nice upgrade to the S10’s photography, as it gives users much control and flexibility when it comes to tackling a shot in poorly lit environments.

That said, it seems the mode itself is largely unchanged, which might be a bit of a bummer for some because, as I discovered, Samsung’s Bright Night Mode isn’t quite as powerful as Google’s Night Sight. But if Samsung can upgrade Bright Night mode to full-time status, here’s hoping more camera improvements are in the works as well.

[SamMobile]