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Hi and welcome back.

For today, we’ll keep the key light high and above our subject.  You can mimic the look of sun or create deep shadows on your subject when your light source is high and close.

This a simple and effective way to create drama in your image by using the shadows to mimic the sun.

Here in the BTS shot, you can see my speedlight with Rogue Flashbender installed and may California Sunbounce Micro Mini set for reflective fill.  I wanted a cool commercial or editorial look to the image with deep shadows:



  • Metal roof panels from Lowe’s
  • Nikon SB 800
  • 2 Manfrotto 1052 BAC lightstands
  • LumoPro LP633 Umbrella Bracket
  • Large Rogue Flashbender with Diffusion Panel installed
  • California Sunbounce Micro Mini with Grip Head

Getting your light source high and above and keeping it there for multiple looks is a great way to change up your lighting looks.  Try this outside on a cloudy day or in the shade or alley of a building and you’ll make your subject look like they are in the sun.

Exposure: 1/125 @ f/8, ISO 200, WB Daylight

Here’s a final from the shoot:

_RVH9240_ppTry lighting from high and above for deep shadow and different looks.

That’s it for now.  Till next time, happy shooting.