Selective lighting magic

What makes a picture is often the main subject. But a little attention to detail can also work wonders and turn a nice picture into a really nice picture.

Walking in the park with friends last autumn, towards the end of a couple of hours shooting portraits, the lighter patches between the trees caught my eye. There were a few chairs strewn conveniently about the place for visitors to use, so I asked my friends to plonk themselves down and chat together, whilst I set up for the photo.

What had appealed to me was the subtly brighter patches of green amongst the darker trees. I enhanced the effect by using the flash gun I had with me, mounted in a softbox, and subsequently re-touched the image (using the content-aware cloning brush in Lightroom 5) to remove the light and light stand.

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