Inside Studio Lighting Workshop

On Friday 26th April 2013 we were, again, split into groups and spent the morning completing an Inside Studio Lighting Workshop with Caroline Molloy. We were given a list of tasks that enabled us to experiment with different lighting strategies. Below I have shown this list, along with the light diagrams that I made to accompany them, and the photos that we took for this task:

Mini Light Metre Tip:

  • The dotted semi circle that is found near where the aperture setting appears shows which f/number it is closer to
  • The skin is less than a mid grey, so when using the light metre we need to overexpose it slightly


1)    Using either a soft box or white umbrella with one flash head place the light directly to the side of the model pointing at the model. Take one shot with a black reflector the other side and one shot with a white reflector. Is there a difference in the image/if so what is it?
Yes there is a different in the image. With the black reflector, the shadow on the left hand side of the face is a lot darker than when we used the white reflector

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2)    Place the light at 90 degrees from the model, and place a reflector to reflect bounce the light back. Where did you put the reflector and how much difference did it make?
We put the black reflector opposite the light source, behind the subject. This darkened the whole left side of the body by about 1 stop.

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3)    Place the light above the camera, how different does this light look in a different position?
The lighting in this position seems a lot more flattering than the side lighting.

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4)    Using either the snoot and/or honeycomb repeat the same test. Make a note and observe the differences in the lighting.
This lighting was also very flattering, but instead of created a square light catch in the eye it created a circular one.

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5)    Experiment with creating a hairlight using the honeycomb, which hair colour does it work best with?
We found that this type of lighting worked best with a blond subject as the overall image tended to look more fair.

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