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9 Portrait Photography Light Hacks In 90 Seconds

We've got 9 lighting hacks to share with you which you can use the next time you're capturing portraits.

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Youtuber Run N Gun has put a great tutorial that gives you a quick-fire walk through 9 portrait lighting hacks in just 90-seconds. 


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"Light is the key to all photography - as you know, without light, there is no image. One skill that separates beginner photographers from the professionals is the ability to SEE LIGHT," says Run N Gun. "Using some of the photography light hacks in this 90-second run and gun tutorial, you can begin to See Light and how it can be manipulated to tell your story."

The 9 lighting tips included in the tutorial are:

  1. Using mouth wash to change the colour of light
  2. Changing a paper towel roll into a lighting snoot
  3. Diffusing light with a plastic bag
  4. Playing with prisms for creative shapes
  5. Using a placemat to create interesting shapes
  6. Fake fur makes for interesting shadow textures
  7. A bag of water will change how light falls
  8. Create more patterns with a pasta strainer
  9. Post-It Notes aren't just for messages - use them to add colour to shots

You don't need strobes and expensive speedlights to use these tips either as light from a torch or even a smartphone will work just as well. 

What materials from your home do you use when capturing portraits? Leave your comments below. 

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