Dallas-based photographer Dixie Dixon shares tips on
evocative lighting both in the studio and on location.
Dixie Dixon created this image for the Beretta Gallery store, which specializes in firearms and accessories for the discriminating gun owner and is based in Dallas, TX.
; escribing her work as “idealistic yet somehow believable,” Dixie
The Location Shot (left)
Dixon likes her images to have a lot of soul.
She loves using shadows to create drama.
When it’s time to conjure a mood, light is
everything. If the ambient light at a location
is beautiful, she
looks to enhance
it. And in the
to starting from
scratch. Here, she
take us through
This image was created for the Beretta
Camera/lens: Nikon D3x camera and Nikkor
105mm f/2.8 lens.
Time: 4:00 p.m.,
Location: Bellamy Compound, Dallas, TX.
Because the models were standing in shade, a
gold reflector was held to bounce the light back
in, highlighting the clothes and faces. The reflector
matched the feel and warmth of the lantern in the
shot, making it appear to be partially lighting the
subjects. A longer lens added more depth of field.
PHOTO © DIXIE DIXON
Post-Production: Retouching of skin, Liquify
tool to make clothes fit perfectly, saturation
of colors and an added lens flare to make the
lantern appear lighted.