Carefully Light the Background

Here's a simple tip: Light the background as carefully as you light your subject.

For this portrait of Miss Cuba 2009, Jamillette Gaxiola, I used a Ray Flash ring light on my Canon Speedlite 580EXII for the main light; it was mounted in the camera's hot-shoe.

To light the background, I used two Canon Speedlite 580EX (set at 1/8 power) with red Honl gels and gobos to direct the color light to the background and to block light from the model.

A e result of paying careful attention to both the main light and the background light resulted in this beautiful portrait.

David Guy Maynard, Commercial Photographer

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