The eyes are the key to the soul so use this to your advantage. Bill Schild’s shot here shows a great example of how you can use this technique to draw the viewer in. Bill has lit and styled the portrait to have an almost renaissance painting feel. However the modern day clothing and styling contrasts against this, and bring us back into the modern day world.
Light it right
How you light your portrait will have a great impact on the end result. Whether you choose to use natural or flashlight, softbox, barn doors etc these decisions will shape the look and feel of your portrait. Wayne Kliewer has again selected a sophisticated set up with a powerful strip of light revealing the face of his model.