Nighttime portraits can be a fantastic way to capture a different look and mood than a normal photo, but they present more challenging lighting scenarios simply because you cannot rely on natural light. If you would like to learn how to shoot compelling and well-lit nighttime portraits, check out this fantastic video tutorial that goes behind the scenes of a three-light shot that includes gels.
Coming to you from Eli Infante, this great video tutorial will take you behind the scenes of a three-light nighttime portrait shoot. As you can see in the video, one fantastic advantage of shooting at night is that you can take light sources (like the marquee shown) that would normally be washed out in daylight and turn them into points of interest and even compositional tools to funnel the viewer’s eye toward the subject. And though you can’t use natural light, the advantage of its absence is that you get a natural emphasis on your subject by carefully controlling the shape and spill of your strobes. Just remember to turn on your modeling light so your camera does not have to hunt for autofocus too much! Check out the video above for the full rundown from Infante.