While in Las Vegas for a few days, I had the opportunity again of working with one of my favorite models – Shawna. This striking photo of Shawna illustrates something that I want to underline: at some level, our consideration of the light that we’re using remains the same, whether we’re using available light, or flash, or video light or some other continuous light source.

We need to consider the direction and quality of the light we have or are creating.

By posing Shawna so that the light falls onto her face in a way that gets more light onto her far, instead of having her eyes completely in shade. With a slight shift in her pose, we have the light fall on her in a way that just looks so much better.

There’s a sense of drama now, a little bit of mystery … and we have a photograph that makes our model look as attractive as she really is.

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