Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas!

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!

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Okay, okay, it’s a little early. Still having fun with portrait lighting and positioning. Got a different model today, a little better looking than the fellow yesterday. Amazing what a good shave and a good dose of youth can do for you!

You can see a diagram of the lighting I am working with below. Basically, above and in front of the sitter I have the equivalent of a bright softbox serving as a “butterfly” (key) light. On the right I have some strong indirect fill for the left side of the sitter’s face. On the far left is a bounce light with a baffle to provide some back lighting–something a bit like a bounced hair light, but mostly for the background. Lower left and down is a small weak fill light to fill in the shadows on the under right side of the sitter’s neck. I also experimented with a white reflector on the lower right.

What is hard to show with these diagrams is that the key light and main fill light are pointing straight down, although they are very non-directional. Also, it looks like the key light is blocking the subject from the camera, but it is actually positioned high above the subject.  I think today I got the shadows still a little hard and next time I’ll work for a little better fill light, aiming into the subject a little more, while still retaining some shadow detail, without which the portrait looks flat and one-dimensional.  Also I failed to get a catch light in the eye this time around.

Again, this is the Hexanon 50mm f1.4 at f1.8.  Digging this lens!

Portrait Lighting

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