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Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits – Mlem.Top

Canadian photographer Irene Rudnyk is known for her fascinating behind the scenes videos and tutorials, where she lets viewers in on the secrets of a professional photographer. And just in time for the holidays, one of her latest videos demonstrates how a simple string of Christmas lights can be used to light portraits to great effect.

Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits

The results are warm, wintery portraits that have a bit of magic and mystery. Rudnyk shot the images with Canon 5D Mark III DSLR and a Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens. By opening the aperture as wide as possible, she created a bokeh effect and blurred background that enhance the beautiful portraits.

Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits - Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits – Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits - Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits – Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits - Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits – Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits – Mlem.Top

She experimented with several setups, holding a few bulbs close to her lens and having the model cup the lights in her hands. As it got darker outside, she had the model immerse herself in the strands, bathing her in warm light.

Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits - Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits – Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits - Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits – Mlem.Top

 

Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits - Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits – Mlem.Top

 

The simple photography lighting tip once again shows how it doesn’t require expensive equipment or location to result in incredible photographs.

Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits - Mlem.Top
Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits – Mlem.Top

Photographer Uses Christmas Lights to Illuminate Magical Portraits – Mlem.Top

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  1. The boket do not depend only from the aperture or your lens. It depend also from the focal distance you’re using, from the distance beetwen your caméra and your subject and from de distance beetwen your subject and the lights in the background. Here is a photo i made with a 80€ lens. 50mm f/4 Macro Takumar. My camera is a Nikon D5300 but you can do the same with a cheaper camera

  2. This is actually super easy to do! Even with a cheaper camera. You just need to adjust the deepness of the focus/sharpness(f#) and the time the lens will stay open (don’t know the actual english terms), so that everything out of focus get extremly blurry. Specialy pretty with external lightsources!

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