Portrait Lighting

Today in Alans Analogue lesson we were learning about portrait photography and different types of lighting . He mentioned flat lighting which is where you light directly from the front immediatly opposite the subject and you get no shadows . However it does not bring out depth and detail, or add any intriguing character. We also talked about contrasty light where we can position the light source 90 degrees to the left or right , high or low to achieve high shadows and good contrast .

If you place the light source behind the subject we will get maximum contrast and they will be in silhouette . Alam also explained how the bigger the softbox then the softer its light will be , also if we have a small softbox then bringing it closer to the subject will acheive the same results of softer light .

Alan had different attachments and lights ready to demonstrate and show to the class .

1 A Softbox . Large and small .

2 A Beauty dish .

3 A gridded beauty dish

4 A modelling light

He went on to explain about flash sync which is the maximun shutter speed you can use ( mine is a nikon and is 1/250 sec max ) until you start to see the shuutters obstructing your view of the shot . He explained how we only have to worry about the Aperture . Then after taking a light meter reading he proceeded to take portrait images of the model whilst explaining about hard ugly shadows and then he used a paper reflector to soften the shadows under the models chin . He also used a big gold reflector whihc he didnt like too much because of the warm glow it gave the photos .

We experimented with the barn door a different type of spotlight that lets you direct the beam of light emitted and flash with a modelling light . These are some of the portraits we took today .


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Flat lighting with barn door and flash .

Okay. You wanna play rough? Say hello to my liddle friend!’

Darren Griffiths .

Darren Griffiths

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Phil Mitchell is not happy that Liverpool did not win .

Darren Griffiths .

Paul Mcgowan a horse

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Flat lighting with barn door and flash .

“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Paul Mcgowan .

Paul Mcgowan

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Flat lighting with flash directly opposite subject .

“Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!”

Paul Mcgowan .

Paul Mcgowaneyes

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