Try Using a Window for More Dramatic Portraits via @500px #phototips #photography

Ditch the pine tree air freshener, Febreze, or that offensive-spritzing plug in. We found something that ups the ante in the home smelling department. And it happens to be très fancy.

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Kendal Jenner, photographed by Russell James for Nomad. The use of shadows in portraits like this is absolutely beautiful to me.

Dramatic black & white photography by Benoit Courti.  "Illuminating simple subjects, minimal compositions whilst preserving a strong expressiveness," Courti says was the thought behind this series called Deep Black.

Dramatic Black and White Photography by Benoit Courti

Black & White Portraits by Benoit Courti – French Inspiration! (You reach into the dark, hoping for a hand to hold, but will they be strong enough to hang on?

If I want to take dramatic portraits on a black backdrop (without even needing a single light), a garage is your new go to spot. This is the simplest (and most makeshift looking) setup that I use. As you can see in the image above, all I am using is a piece of black foam core, folded into a “v,” set inside a garage on a sunny day.

How to Create Dramatic Portraits in Your Garage

If I want to take dramatic portraits on a black backdrop (without even needing a single light), a garage is your new go to spot. This is the simplest (and most makeshift looking) setup that I use. As you can see in the image above, all I am using is a pie

Hard light being cut with make-shift gobo, could recreate with black-wrap foil. Possibility for very moody and unique lighting patterns, worth experimenting with.

Shaping Hard Light from a Small Off-Camera Flash for Dramatic Portraits

I love hard light. I love the shadows it creates and the colors it brings out. I also love the convenience it affords. I work exclusively with small flash,

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