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How to Create Jaw Dropping Portraits using LED Lighting (From START to FINISH)

3/16/2023 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Are you tired of scrolling through Instagram and seeing the same old portraits? Do you want your work to stand out and make people slow down and take notice? Well, Manny Ortiz has got you covered. In this article, Manny is going to teach you how to create eye-popping portraits that will grab people's attention.

First off, Manny uses a three-light setup, which is one of his signature styles for portraits. He uses one key light, the Westcott fj400 strobe, and two constant LED lights, the GVM RGB LED panels. The light placement is crucial for this setup, with one LED light on the side of the model and one behind her. Manny also uses the Westcott highlighter to give that nice curved catch light in the eye.

Now, the camera settings are critical to getting that perfect shot. Manny sets his shutter speed slow, around half a second, or even slower. He then stops down his aperture to properly expose the image for the LEDs on the side and behind the model. The ISO is set at 100. Manny also emphasizes that when you press the shutter, you need to move the camera very slowly to get that nice fiery streak, which is the key to this setup.

In conclusion, Manny's technical lighting setup and editing skills are what make his portraits stand out on social media. Don't be afraid to try new things and experiment with your lighting setup to create eye-popping portraits that will make your work stand out.

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About Manny Ortiz:

Hey there! I am a Chicago based Photographer that takes great pride in capturing the true spirit and personality of the people that I photograph. It was about 3 years ago when I discovered my passion for Photography. Passion is something that can only come from within and it's one of the most important things that I bring to every wedding and photoshoot. What's not to love; I get to photograph and document the happiest day in a person's life!
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