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How to Turn a Bus Stop Ad Into a Portrait Studio

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If you want a neat example of creativity in action, look no further than photographer Andrew Tihi‘s recent portrait adventure. Watch as he uses a backlit bus stop advertisement to help him capture a glowing portrait against a white backdrop.

Tihi used the flourescent advertisement as both a white backdrop and a backlight, while a Godox Ving 850 II inside a 60cm softbox acted as the key light. You can see the simple setup in this quick behind the scenes video Tihi filmed on-“set”.

In order to blow out the backlight and turn it into the white backdrop he needed, Tihi set his Canon 6D and Tamron 24-70mm VC to 1/50 of a second, f/4, and ISO 1600. Here are two separate images he shot during this street session, with the key light positioned on either side:

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Neat trick to keep in your back pocket…

To see more of Tihi’s work, head over to his website or give him a follow on Facebook and 500px.


Image credits: Photos by Andrew Tihi and used with permission.

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