Did a studio shoot with Katie Mackinnon recently and was using the chance to experiment with an Apurture HR672W LED panel as my main light and some LED strips in the background. Using the LED as my main light instead of using flash makes it a little easier to expose the front of the subject correctly whilst still keeping the LEDs visible in the background. It was also handy using a Sony A7iii mirrorless camera with it’s live preview facility so you have WYSIWYG capability before you actually take see the shot. So quite a simple setup really and giving plenty of opportunity to experiment with some portraits of Kate. For the next set of shots, this was done with some small fairy light LEDs in the background and me handholding another set of fairy lights and sometimes a prism or crystal in one hand whilst I had the camera in the other hand. This was done using natural ambient light in the room coming from a window. With a little bit of toning in Lightroom afterwards I was able to get a nice couple of photos.
Rather than tell you how a photo was lit I’m going to give you some tips that I give photographers on my workshops so you can work it out for yourself, I’m a believer in the old philosophy Give a man a fish …. feed him for a day Teach a man how to fish … feed him for a lifetime 1. Look for highlights in the eyes … a. that will show you the direction and how high or low the light was in comparison to the model’s face. b. the number of highlights will tell you how many lights/reflectors were used from the front c. the shape of the highlight will usually tell you what type of light was used eg. square/rectangular – softbox, round – umbrella, octabox, bare reflector bowl or beauty dish 2. Which is the brighter side of the model … the light (or at least the brightest light) was coming from that direction 3. Where are the shadows …. eg. shadows on the left of the nose then light is coming from the right. eg. shadows under the nose, chin, boobs etc, then the light was coming from above. Shadows on the background or […]