Photo Tip – Get Rid Of The Turkey Neck Waddle, Use Butterfly Lighting In Your Portrait Photography!

In previous articles, we’ve been discussing photo lighting patterns where we place the light source to the side of the subject – split lighting, loop lighting and Rembrandt lighting – and create shadows that go off to the side. Continuing with our series of portrait photography lighting patterns, today’s photo tip discusses “Butterfly Lighting”!

Keeping in mind that it’s shadows that create 3D depth and form in our photos, these lighting patterns are good ones to make our subjects come to life and “POP”.

But, the flip side of shadows showing form is that they sometimes show things we may not want shown!

For example, what if we are doing a portrait photograph of an elderly lady? I’m not talking about some moody character study; I’m talking about a nice photo of grandma.

Everyone over a certain age wants to look younger. As an old dude myself, I can tell you that my outward appearance has absolutely no relationship with the way I feel inside and the way I wish I looked!

In other words, I’m a 23 year old trapped in a 63 year old body.

But, what makes us look older?

It’s sagging skin and wrinkles that visually age us. The older we get the more – and deeper – wrinkles we get.

If we could tone down the wrinkles, we would visually appear much younger.

By the way… never COMPLETELY get rid of them, it looks fake and will make the portrait worse.

Since it is the shadows that show form, it is the shadows that visually create wrinkles. The darker the shadow, the deeper the wrinkle – and vice versa. So, to visually eliminate or tone down wrinkles, all we need to do is lighten the shadows that visually created them. Obviously the way to do that is by shining a light into the wrinkles.

To do that means we have to have the light coming from straight in front of the subject – at the camera angle.

A ring flash (a ring light is an on camera flash, but completely circles the lens) can work.

In fact, we most often see ring lights used in modeling shots where they need an absolutely flawless skin.

This is the ideal light for removing any sort of blemish or wrinkle, but it is a very flat light and really isn’t that good for portrait photography. It leaves an odd looking, unappealing catch light in the eyes too!

Slightly better is the on camera flash that is normally attached to the top of the camera. But we still have a flat light – and with both ring and regular on camera flashes we have problems with red eye.

So, we take the light off the camera and – staying at the camera’s position, we raise it up. It’s above our head and we will actually be shooting from under the light.

This creates the “Butterfly Lighting” pattern because it casts a small butterfly shaped shadow under the nose. It can be tiny and almost unnoticeable, or slightly larger – depending on how high you position the light. But, it is enough to add some depth and life to the photo.

The butterfly lighting pattern fills in and lightens a lot of the shadows in the wrinkles – but not so much that it looks phony – and it will create a shadowed area under the chin too! This visually gets rid of that turkey neck waddle we old people get!

True, this can be done in Photoshop – if you want to spend hour after hour retouching. Or you could spend 5 minutes setting up a butterfly lighting pattern. Your choice!

Grab your favorite model and a flashlight… get out there today and experiment with this photo tip. Learn how to create a butterfly lighting pattern in your portrait photography and your wrinkly older subjects (and acne ridden younger models) will thank you!

How Do You Photograph Butterflies?

As a longtime nature photographer, I’ve observed that people who are just beginning to take photographs of nature often face the same difficulties. To help you avoid frustration when you take nature photos, I would like to share some of my knowledge with you.

This article may be helpful to you, if you already have some basic knowledge about photography in general but have not yet tried to photograph butterflies. For the purposes of this article, I am going to assume that you are familiar with the terms F-stop, shutter speed, depth of field, focal length of lens, magnification, exposure, ISO sensitivity. If these are new terms for you – don’t worry. I will be writing about some of those basic terms in other articles that you can find on If you read those, you’ll find the rest of this article much easier to follow.

Butterflies are fascinating, colorful creatures, which makes them so popular among any age group. Even people who are not necessarily involved in wildlife conservation seem to be attracted to these gorgeous insects.

So let’s assume that you have discovered a beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly in your backyard that you want to photograph. You have your camera ready. The Swallowtail is resting on a flower. There are two ideal positions that the butterfly can be in that will make it easier for you to get an excellent shot. I’m going to describe them and then give you a strategy for getting a great photo in each situation.

1. The butterfly has fully spread its wings.

Carefully approach the butterfly from above, avoiding any hasty movement or loud noise.

The sunlight is on your back – do not cast a shadow on the butterfly. This would most likely spook the butterfly and spoil the lighting on your subject. Once you are close enough that the Swallowtail’s wingspan fills the frame about halfway to three quarters of the way, you will need to adjust your camera and lens so that the back of your camera (or film or sensor plane) is aligned parallel to the wings’ top surface.

Misalignment may cause parts of the butterfly to be out of focus. The same happens if the butterfly lifts the wings up to a V. Then it becomes impossible to get the entire butterfly in focus.

Stopping down may improve the situation slightly, but the gain of depth of field becomes less the closer you are and the longer the focal length of the lens. With the available light, the shutter speed may drop too far and you will have to take measures to avoid blurring the picture. Using a tripod would be ideal, but it restricts mobility. A monopod would be a compromise. Use the vibration reduction feature, if available.

2. The butterfly has folded up the wings. This is a good opportunity to photograph the bottom side of the butterfly’s wings. The undersurface of the wings of some butterfly species, like the Swallowtail, reveals an attractive color pattern. The same applies for camera lens alignment as in the first example. The film or sensor plane must be parallel to the underside of the butterfly’s wing. This time you need to move in even closer than you did in the previous situation, because the wings are folded, leaving you with only half as much of the wing surface to photograph as you had in the previous example.

Here are two ways to improve your chances of getting that great butterfly photo you’re aiming for. As you’ve probably guessed, there’s a lot more to know about taking pictures of these beautiful but difficult models. I wish you the best of luck as you begin your new hobby; may it bring you much enjoyment!

Butterfly Tattoo Design – Beautiful Insects

Butterfly tattoo designs are one of the most popular body art topics today. everywhere around you, many have small butterflies, bigger butterflies, certain tribal butterflies and full, illustrious butterflies. Some are more detailed and then you have your bland ones.

No mater what kind of tattoo you like, to find the perfect design that fits your personality can be easier said than done. These little creatures exist almost everywhere on the earth. Depending on the climate usually decides on the certain camouflage or design of the bugs wings.

Because of the beauty and timidness of the fly, it is not to difficult to understand why women choose this as a form of body art.

There are thousands of varieties of this beautiful but bizarre insect that many could spend months searching through photos to find what they are looking for. Because of this, I have featured some of the best butterfly resources on the Internet.

If you are really stuck and cannot decide on which design fits your need or personality, try going to a butterfly atrium. In case you do not know what these are, they are places of pure beauty that allows the innocent creatures to roam and fly around aimlessly without and harm from predators. The amazing thing about these places is that you really feel as if you are in another world.

I recently visited my brother in Costa Rica and went to an atrium. The minute you close the door behind you it feels like you are visiting another world in the universe. The butterflies actually land on you as if they want to communicate with you.

Designer Butterfly – A Fresh New Approach To Selling Authentic Handbags

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