Using a Grid for Portrait Photography

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Portrait photography

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Soft, even light is all well and good, but sometimes you need some extra punch. Mark Wallace of AdoramaTV presents this tutorial, showing you how to use a grid to make portraits pop.

He uses a Profoto D1 Air with a 5 degree grid as his key light, which highlights the model’s face. A 4×6 Softbox is employed for fill, with two smaller 2×3 Softboxes as hair lights. Wallace demonstrates how to position the key light to avoid awkward shadows on the background and under the model’s chin, then takes a few shots. Check out the video for more tips and to see side-by-side comparisons of the same portrait, both with and without the grid.

Read the article and see more of Mark Wallace’s Exploring Photography series.


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  • John


    All of that equipment, a beautiful model, surely a wonderful camera – and the photos were horrendous.

    I’m sorry, but it is an absurd waste of money and time to have this individual as a tutor, when $20,000 (actually) of photography gear is used to produce Sears Portrait Studio shots.



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