How to get angelic light in photographs

January 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

In this shot, the beautiful Liz was on seamless background paper, with four speed lights in shoot-through umbrellas:  two at 45 degrees in front, and two more behind her, facing into the background.  The front two were on TTL mode, and the back ones TTL+2.  I shot at 1/200, F/11,  ISO 400.  

This gave me some very nice light and shadow on her face and body, and a completely blown-out background.  In Photoshop I made a few minor cosmetic touchups.  Then to get the "glow", I made a blank layer, selected the skin highlights and filled the selection with white.  I set a soft light blend mode, and added a guassian blur of around 23-35-ish.  Then I backed down the opacity to make the glow more subtle.  I did the exact same steps in another blank layer, but this time selected the shadows.  This adds depth to the hair and emphasizes contours in her clothing.  If you have a group of images shot in the same conditions, you can make this entire process and action droplet in Photoshop and drop the entire folder onto your droplet!  If you don't know about droplets, I'll be writing a post about them soon. Thanks for visiting!


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