Shoot-Through Two

Shoot-through isn’t a word in the dictionary, but it’s jargon that most photographers know.

The most common use pertains to an umbrella on a light stand. This kind of setup is when a flash head’s output is directed through a translucent fabric to create a certain kind of diffused light.

Imagine the sun softened by a layer of clouds.

Another shoot-through is arranging objects in front of the subject as compositional elements. Combined with a shallow depth of field, this technique can turn visual clutter into supporting shapes.

This Nashville portrait employs both techniques that allowed a bland setting to become a place of mystery.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.