Studio Lighting and Outside Lighting – Second Tutorials

On Tuesday 30th April 2013, we spent the day having a second tutorial on both inside lighting and outside lighting. These tutorials were different from the previous as they were more self-directed, enabling us to experiment with our newfound knowledge of light in groups of five. Below are the different lighting techniques that my group were asked to experiment with, along with any ineffective shots, the final photo, and the lighting diagrams to match:

Studio Lighting:

Task 1: Recap using a hair-light

  • Light at the back needs to be brighter for darker hair

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Task 2: Recap how to light a background separately to the subject

  • To have a more evenly spread light, use a spill kill head and a reflector
  • To create a spotlight effect, use a honeycomb head

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Without separate background lighting

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With separate background lighting (and white reflector)

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Task 3: Create a still life image of a glass object (white and black background)

  • Light box – diffuses the light
  • No shadows – have two lights; 1 light box, 1 white umbrella
  • Ended up only using one light; other was the black umbrella used as a stopper with no light being emitted

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Test shot 1

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Test Shot 2

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Photo 3

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Photo 4

Task 4: Create a still life image of a reflective object (white background)

  • Used both lights – 1 with light box, other with black umbrella

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Test Shot 1

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Task 5: Create a still life image of a rough object (white background)

  • Tried to create a spotlight effect behind the object but one light was not flashing
  • Decided to try the hair-light effect
  • Used a black cardigan to cover the table in order to reduce the prominence of the shadow (ideally we would use something black and non textured, for example, a piece of card)

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Test Shot 1

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Test Shot 2

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Photo 7

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Outside Lighting:

Task 1: Create a portrait shot using only one light

  • Photo 1 and 2: We bought the light further away from the model as it was too bright; we were also told that the lighting was brilliant so we had to experiment with more compositional techniques

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Photo 1

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Photo 2

Task 2: Create a portrait shot using only two lights

  • Photo 1 and 2: One light wouldn’t work so we ended up having to use only one light; originally we were going to light the background separately to the subject

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Photo 3

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Photo 4

Task 3: Create a portrait shot using a flashgun

  • Photo 1: We used a more powerful flashgun behind the subject to create dramatic lighting on the left of the subject, along with a lower powered light on top of the camera that we actually covered as we only wanted to use the slave flash (we couldn’t turn it off as we needed it to transmit to the slave responder)
  • Photo 2: We, again, used a more powerful flashgun pointed through some blue crates to create the dynamic ‘blind’ shadowing effect, along with a lower powered light on top of the camera that we actually covered as we only wanted to use the slave flash (we couldn’t turn it off as we needed it to transmit to the slave responder)

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Photo 5

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Photo 6

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