Discussion in 'The Black & White Gallery' started by Terry Eaton, May 19, 2020.
Nicely done. My only niggle here is that the positioning of her left arm, and it's carrying on out of frame feels a bit awkward.
Contrast is good.
Wish i could do that!
I like the lighting and wardrobe and expression, but do agree with tirediron that the left arm leading out of the frame (on a diagonal) is less than optimal...but, otherwise, compelling.
and perhaps tone down the bright inside of her right ear.
I like what you were going for. She has a nice look for the photo.
Kind of suprised no one asked about the lighting setup...
How did you light this? Was a boom stand used to suspend your main light?
What modifier was used for the key? Beauty dish? Small umbrella? Small, gridded sofbox? Speedlight or studio flash?
I tried to mimic the older lighting setups; with higher-than-normal lighting ratios, often 3:1 or even 4:1, that's what gives that look on her face, I will admit i don't remember the actual numbers probably 3:1. These were in a home studio at the time, a large room with a high ceiling. I had an enormous softbox for the general lighting, it was a 6x4, 5 alien bee 800's although for these I just used a few lights. The large softbox was straight behind me. A key light was up high to my right, shining down on her face, this is apparent from the butterfly lighting shadow on her nose. Then, a rim light was used in a cross-lighting setup from the keylight, camera left and behind to pull her out of the shadows a bit. The couch was just an old black used couch I got for the studio as a prop and people to sit and lay on.
Here's one with similar lighting, just reversed... but most of these have high ratios on the face compared to the other lights
Separate names with a comma.