After all, it’s in the shadows where all manner of body parts considered too risqué, indecent or too sexy that can be hidden.
Over-exposing to the extent that there is no detail in highlights has the same effect but it isn’t as commonly used or as natural-looking.
To use shadows well, a portrait photographer needs to know how to control his lighting, not just in intensity but also in direction.
He needs to understand the ratios well enough to know how many EV (exposure value or f-stops of light) difference is needed between highlight and shadow so that they is no detail in the dark areas.
Only when he understands this will he be able to use shadow to hide blemishes, scars on faces or even create the illusion that his subject’s face is narrower than in real life producing what else? A more flattering picture. Continue reading Shadows can be your friend→