While I still haven’t dropped off my film at the lab, I have a lighting post this week.
I only had 30 min to set-up, shoot, and put everything back the way it was set up, so I didn’t reinvent the wheel here. I wanted to play with lights, specifically the kicker. Then I had a hair light experiment, then turned the kicker into a key light and moved it infront me. Here we go!
The only difference between the top and bottom set is ISO. Top: ISO 400, bottom: ISO 100.
Both have good lighting but are so different. I love the tone change that happens by under exposing slightly. The light is behind me, as close as possible without showing in the picture. It is facing away from me bouncing off an umbrella. which makes it softer and not as bright. There is a window infront of me letting in some fill light. I’m using a remote to take pictures of myself.
In the following set I added a hair light. Left has hair light, right does not. Everything else is the same as the first set of photos. The hair light is a 200 watt light hanging from a crane pointing straight down at my head. I don’t really like the this hair light.
This is where I turned the kicker into a key light and moved it in a half circle infront of me.
It starts on my left then makes it’s way directly to the side of the camera, and moves to the other side of the camera, then to my right. While pointing at me of course. The black and white version is just that, a black and white version of the color photos underneath. It helps to see the highlights and shadows.
Which one is your favorite? Out of the bottom set here, my favorite is 2nd from left. Looks like rembrandt lighting. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite style of lighting is. If you have a blog post with lighting examples, post the link in the comments so we can check it out. xo maria