First off, we have a new image. I played around with some lighting ideas that have been rattling around in my head. I really wanted to shoot something with a heavy hair light and wanted to toy around with the amount of lens flare. This is probably a little too much to be honest, but maybe that’s ok. I love the overall effect.
It’s shot with a gridded beauty dish as the key. A large soft silver PLM as fill and then just a standard reflector for the hair light. It’s nice because the beauty dish and hair light provide lovely accenting of the outline, and you can dial up and down the fill to change the contrast and mood of the portrait. Also by moving the gridded beauty dish around the subject I can choose to wrap the light on the face more or less as I see fit. To really get some good flare I had the hair light just out of shot. If I was getting too much I could have moved the light higher as to not directly strike the front element on my lens, another option would have been to control it a little more by adding a grid to the reflector. Over all it’s a very dynamic set up with lots of room for tweaks and adjustments to greatly alter the mood and contrast.
Next up with have some additional headshots that I’m thinking of adding to my website edit. These are older shots but I keep getting drawn back to them. Pretty simple lighting, Just a beauty dish and large fill light. (not including background lights, which I actually possition in such a way as to add a tiny amount of accenting on the subject) It’s nice to know that you don’t have to do something crazy to get wonderfully lit portraits.
Having a collection of lighting set ups like this that are tested, and being able to play on the variations within that set up are is so useful and essential in creating a lighting safety blanket that I feel everyone should have.