I'd add a couple more candles to the candelabra next time, or have an assistant strike a couple more matches. My favorite of these nocturnal-looking shots is the first...the sunglasses + low light look is, uh....well, it is what it is...
Oh cool! I really like the first one, love the rich color in the guitar. Ok I think I have a much better idea now
I didn't really say it wasn't good--I was just suggesting that the lighting scheme used in these three is awfully dark...just a HINT more of you would be helpful...a hint of shoulder for example. In the top photo, your head just floats above the guitar, with no visible means of support...I just do not think these are quite as effective as they could have been with, say, a little bit more light used....maybe a wider-angle grid, like say a 35 degree, or move the flash back and boost the power with the same grid fitted, and give just a hint more of the MAN holding the guitar...I think it's good to leave the viewer's mind free to imagine and fill in some details, but these are lacking the low,low tonal values, and go straight to blackness a bit too rapidly.
do you have to have dark background to do this? I am not much of studio lighting person. If you are in a room, the lights will bounce everywhere wont it?
You need more cowbell.
Instead of hitting the background, try turning the background light onto you. This will give a slight halo effect that will separate you from the background.
Although I'm using a different lighting pattern, this is what I associate with low key lighting. I do not have a floating head since the shoulders (foundation) can clearly be seen.
BTW, is that goose egg permanent?
Schwettylens said:do you have to have dark background to do this? I am not much of studio lighting person. If you are in a room, the lights will bounce everywhere wont it?