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Getting a Different Look Without Moving the Lights

Once you’ve got your lights in place and you’ve got that first shot in the bag, try this: Don’t move the lights. Don’t move your subject. Instead, leave everything as is and move the photographer (kudos to Jeremy Cowart for this tip). If you were standing right in front of the subject, just move way over to one side or the other and take the shot again. You’ll be amazed at how moving two or three feet in either direction can completely change the look of the lighting, even if you haven’t touched a single light. Give this a try and you’ll wind up with two or three lighting looks out of just one lighting setup.

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