Techniques in Studio photography: moving the illumination and reflected light
When the photographer works in the Studio, in the vast majority of cases it puts light on the basis of tasks and taking into account many factors, such as the conditions of the Studio, the lighting, the character models and the like. Creative shooting, give photographers a huge opportunity to experiment, since the task in such cases, you put yourself, not being constrained to any framework that often happens when shooting Commerce. In this article, as an example, we consider the pair of not quite accustomed to your look of the portraits. They are all fantasy, and when it comes about the lighting in these shots, the starting point is always the image that is important to read and use light to create the frame in the right mood.
Example 1. Ethnic motives.
The examples below were taken within the test medium format digital camera Hasselblad X1D-50c. Ethnic image was chosen for the shooting is not accidental. Interesting combination of colors, textures, the author's jewelry — it all looks very interesting, but this image looks great on the camera with high detail. When you such a fancy way, in the pictures you want to consider it down to the smallest detail. This can be put in the frame great
However, such lighting in the shot I was not very happy. The image clearly lacks emphasis, because of the abundance of colors and textures look randomly jumps across the frame. The model's face looks too flat and wide, so it is clearly desirable to make narrower. But most importantly — the frame is not enough drama and atmosphere, and to remedy the situation I decided to resort to a radical change of the nature of light:
If we compare the two examples shown above, you will see between them a fundamental difference which was due to the change of lighting in the frame. Let's see what has changed. First, the new scheme used the other light shaping tool. Instead of octobox I used
Example 2. Air beauty.
Example, which you'll see below, for several years, but I still like this spectacular photo. When you take the shot, I wanted to slightly go beyond the usual beauty, add color and volume to create a “disco” atmosphere with a slight bias to retro. Instead of the usual many directed light painting I used reflection: over the head model at an angle of 45 degrees was assigned to a small silver reflector, close to which was mounted
The color in the shot was created through the use of the backlight light source —
To solve the problem with extra volume and effect disco I smeared protective lens filter with hair gel, which got a big beautiful reflections in the foreground, simulating the effect of illumination.
The author of the article and photos: Ambassador Hensel, photographer Alexander Khokhlov;
Make-Up: Natalia Pavlova, Anna Walk-UPS;
Model: Angelique Conte, Julia Kulik.
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