Kentucky sports and senior portrait photographer Matt Hernandez is known for capturing dramatic senior portraits with relatively simple lighting setups. To emphasize the drama in these shots, Matt typically shoots wide angle while underexposing the sky. By underexposing the sky, Matt is able to emphasize the clouds and colors behind his subject.

When underexposing the sky or backdrop, artificial lighting is necessary to properly expose the subject. For this shoot, Matt places his subject in the shade to limit her squinting due to the harsh sunlight. He then uses two strobes to light her.

His first strobe is acting as the key light. This light is softened and directed with Rapid Box XL. This light source is placed to front right of his subject.

The second strobe is place slightly behind his subject. This light is acting as a kicker light to help create separating between his subject’s dark clothing and the underexposed background. This kicker light is precise directed with a 12” x 36” pro stripbank.

Behind the Scenes - Underexposing the Sky

Behind the Scenes

Underexposing the Sky - Hernandez Portrait 2

Final Image

Behind the Scenes - Underexposing the Sky

Behind the Scenes

Underexposing the Sky - Hernandez Portrait

Final Image

Lighting Gear in Action

 

 

The Rapid Box Studio Series features a built-in speedring available in Bowens, Balcar/PCB, Elinchrom, Photogenic, and Profoto styles. The Rapid Box Studio Series current offers a 36″ octa, 48″ octa, and a 12″ x 36″ strip. 

Westcott Pro Stripbanks are available in 12″ x 36″, 12″ x 50″, and and 18″ x 42″ options. They are compatible with a large variety of speedrings for use with virtually any light.

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