Lighting Question

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by KJBDesign, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. KJBDesign

    KJBDesign TPF Noob!

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    Hi everyone, I'm new to the forums. *waves*
    I've been doing outdoor/natural light/art photography for some time. I'm trying to work on building an indoor studio. My question is this : I know what I need for the basics, but I want to do a particular kind of low-key shot and I have no idea what I need to do it.
    I know there's postwork in these photos and there's body shimmer makeup for the skin, but I need to know how to setup the initial lighting. (I just want to get that feel, not the poses)
    I have a link to the photo : http://www.kjbdesign.com/photo001.jpg & http://www.kjbdesign.com/photo002.jpg
    It's lighter in this scan.. It's probably something really simple and I'll feel like an idiot. But any tip/trick or direction would be greatly appreciated. I've look through lots of lighting/studio books and I seldom see these kinds of shots and never with a description of what they do. (Mostly fashion/advertising or some celebrity photogs portfolio)Help!
    Tanya
     
  2. JIP

    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    One thing you need to know is that some of these fashion shots look deceptively simle alot of them involve lots of lights more than you might think. That being said there are many books out there that have fine examples of lighting setups you just need to look further.

    This book has been recommended here more than once.

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lighting-Guide-Portrait-Photographers/dp/1584281251/sr=8-1/qid=1170653756/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-9350429-6777424?ie=UTF8&s=books[/ame]

    This is a great resource for lighting that has been recomended here often and I know lots of people use them. I have also seen them recommended on other forums.

    http://www.alienbees.com/
     
  3. KJBDesign

    KJBDesign TPF Noob!

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    thanks, i'll do that!
     
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    Lots of lights can be estimated and guessed by looking at the shaddows. Sharp shaddow can mean direct light, soft shaddow is diffused indirect or even softbox light. If there is light in the shaddow then there is a reflector or fill light.

    The image with the long formal dress looks like there is a light on the right, a light on the back wall, and from somwhere there is light reflecting down to her dress possibly from the back wall possibly otherwise I am not quite sure.

    The other picture looks like a light from the right a light from the left and slightly higher, and difiniately one shining down on her hair.

    There are several ways on achieving the same thing and being very new to this myself I can only suggest experiment.
     

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