How Negative Fill Can Add Dimension & Contrast to Your Lighting

Negative fill is using the absence of light by flagging, or blocking the light source. This is another useful technique for creating the image you want. This video from Indie Cinema Academy covers the concept very well, and negative fill is one of many different ways to harness the power of light -- important skills to have as a photographer!

These tips will allow you to harness the power of light for your headshots, family portraits or outdoor photo sessions.

How Negative Fill Can Add Dimension & Contrast to Your Lighting, Indie Cinema Academy

How Negative Fill Can Add Dimension & Contrast to Your Lighting

Learn The Many Uses of White Seamless with Zack Arias

Here's a really good basic tutorial on the fundamentals of studio lighting. Parts of the video made me chuckle because sometimes when working with multiple lighting setups, the batteries can sometimes get low and you end up on a wild goose chase trying to find the problem!

Lesson learned: always make sure that your batteries are fully charged!! (And even then, sometimes batteries lie about being fully charged.)

Learn The Many Uses of White Seamless with Zack Arias, Part 1, Zack Arias

Learn The Many Uses of White Seamless with Zack Arias

Learn The Many Uses of White Seamless with Zack Arias, Part 2, Zack Arias

Learn The Many Uses of White Seamless with Zack Arias

Three-Point Lighting for Portrait Photography

This video from the very talented Ed Verosky shows an example of a basic three-light setup.

A couple of thoughts: I find it interesting that they used a strobe for both the key light and the rim light, but a flash for the fill light. In my opinion, you either want to use strobes or flash. Pick your poison, and stick with it. Regardless, keeping your color temperature consistent is paramount!

I really enjoyed the graphics used in the video to diagram the lighting setup and that not everything is spoon-fed (like lighting ratios and specific modifiers) because that can really stagnate creativity.

Three-Point Lighting for Portrait Photography, Ed Verosky Photography Tutorials