Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Creative Lighting For Portraiture
Affordable lighting setups that can dramatically improve your images
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The advantage to a monolight (also called a strobe) setup is that the light consumes less power than the long extended draw of a continuous light, while producing a very bright burst of illumination. This design means that they're capable of a lot of light output for freezing action with higher shutter speeds.
Strobes also keep heat output minimal because they're only lit during each successive shutter release, which results in a much more comfortable shoot for the model and everyone else on a closed set.
The disadvantage of strobes is that unless a modeling light is included, you won't be able to see the effects of the lights until the picture has been taken, making monolights a little more complicated to use, though this is less of a problem with today's digital previews. A variety of light modifiers can be added to lamp heads to give strobes directional abilities or to reduce, strengthen or soften light output.
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Finally, I set up a bare FirstStar head (hard light) on a background stand and positioned it on top of our bookcase, angled at the back of his head. I'm a big fan of mixing soft and hard light for a more dynamic look. This third light further helped to separate him from the background, which makes him pop forward.
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