I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m reading Syl Arena’s Speedliter’s Handbook. In one section he discusses various types of portrait lighting, including one that I knew I had to try at some point: Horror Lighting. It’s effectively the same lighting technique we all learn in summer camp when we hold a flashlight under our chin to tell scary stories.
I’d planned on saving the technique for sometime around Halloween next year, but today’s The Daily Shoot assignment is “Use hard light that casts sharp distinct shadows in a photograph”. Combine that with the fact that I’m in a hurry this evening and, well, you can see where I’m going.
So here’s the big one for the second night in a row. She was more than happy to make scary faces at Daddy while we got the flash just right. It’s not exactly a portrait we’d send out on the Christmas cards, but I don’t think anyone can argue that it’s not “hard light that casts sharp distinct shadows.”