How to achieve a warm glow


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Jun 2, 2013
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This is a test shot while I experiment with external lighting. My wife sews and this is one of her favorite sewing machines. I want the darker feel to show her introspection and warm glow to show the quiet.

I'm using two bare bulbs: one on the sewing machine to light up the hands and one under the table to light up the subject.

Several problems:
1) I want to see the detail on the front of the sewing machine.
2) Tooooo many shadows in my face
3) Yes, dissimilar light, but I can handle that.

I have, but am not using, an external flash with umbrella.

Suggestions for how to approach this?

1 and 2 can be addressed by having a flash unit near or on camera to provide some fill.

I would likely use 2 lights set to a low power setting - one for the face, and one for the sewing machine. I would control where the light goes with custom snoots made from cereal box cardboard or black cinefoil.
The snoot for the sewing machine would be a horizontal narrow oval, and the snoot for the face would be round.

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