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This article compliments a previous post on Home Studies 

Lifestyle portraits come in all different genres. Although this image was set up, the boy is full of enthusiasm and shows his passion for the skill of chess.

I selected a lower camera angle to view through the closest chess pieces, causing a blurred foreground. This leads you to his face, in particular his eyes.

The natural light is coming from his right and light is subtracted on his left by a medium toned wall. I could have placed a black scrim or card against the wall to create more shadow, but I felt this was enough.

The light is also subtracted from above by an overhanging awning. The chess board is acting as a reflector by bouncing some soft natural light up into his face. Ideal when the subjects face is looking down.

Portrait Tips: A subject reading can use a book or newspaper to reflect light up into the face. 

Camera – Canon 5D

Lens – 70-200 F2.8L

Focal length – 185mm

ISO – 400

Aperture – F3.5

Shutter speed – 1/80th

White balance – K (6000) corrected in RAW

Lighting – late PM natural light

Thanks for dropping by and comments are always welcome or share with your friends.

Happy shooting



  1. Jaime Vela Says:

    Thank you for the tips, lighting is so important for a great photo and I for one can use all the help I can get.

  2. wayne Says:

    Hi Jaime,
    Thanks stopping by and I hope some of my tutorials help you.

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