While finding my niche as a Photographer, NYC has presented me with a wide and rich landscape of faces and occasions. To make full use of the opportunities presented, however, takes more than just a love of photography. You also need technical skills – the kind which are taught is photography courses but are best honed out in the field. One such skill is the use of lighting to achieve the desired effect. Truth be told, lighting is often the single most important aspect of a shoot. People like to show off their best side with many examples of photography hinting at perfection. The effect is achieved through lighting and how it is allowed to fall on the features of the face. As a photographer, you can ask clients to sit at angles to the light and the camera, tilt their head in a certain direction or take on a particular expression all with the aim of adjusting the way in which the light falls on their face. It allows you to highlight details in the subject that you wish the picture to focus on or to hide those elements which are unflattering or distracting. A vivid, crisp photograph which pulls in the viewer for a closer study does not necessarily need to be glaringly bright. Soft and even lighting can achieve the desired effect if placed correctly around the subject. Shadows can create the effect of unevenness in a headshot and lighting helps to smooth that effect out. Although, as an accomplished Photographer in NYC, I know that may not be totally unwanted. That element of unevenness generally suits portraits of men as it works very well at accentuating the masculine qualities in their faces. Take this particular portrait, for instance, the play of light and shadow reveals strength and definition in the features of this young man. You are not seeing his face from straight-on nor is it fully illuminated. Still, his features are so clearly outlined that you get the sense that you do indeed know exactly what his face looks like.