Epic portrait photography with dramatic lightingEpic portraits are fun to capture, they require some lights, a model, and an awesome sky!

Not an epic portrait because the sky is blown out

Not an epic portrait because the sky is blown out

This is a typical photo that probably anyone could capture. I exposed for the skin tones and not his surroundings.
Exposing the sky for an epic portrait

Exposing the sky for an epic portrait

This time I exposed for his surroundings and not his skin tones. This is probably closer to what you see people shooting on accident. Mainly beginners who think they need to underexpose every single photo. It’s funny actually.
Epic Portrait with dramatic lighting

Epic portrait with dramatic lighting

Now  we are seeing the epic portrait. Not to bright, not too dark, some dramatic lights creating depth in his face and setting him apart from the background. This is an epic portrait if I do say so myself. Thankfully he was so patient while capturing these three to break down for this post.

If you’re wanting to see another way to up your portrait game, here’s a preset pack that might help: https://marksingerman.com/product/epic-film-portrait-preset-pack/