Thursday, February 6, 2014
Day 25, Learning 25: Modern Light Patterns
Back on Day Five I wrote about the Classic Lighting Patterns. If you page through any magazine and look at how the models are lit, you'll realize that probably 80% of all photo shoots are using the classic patterns as the skeleton of their design. At least when it comes to the face. But there are alternative "skeletons" upon which to build and improvise, so I'm offering up a couple here.
2 Sides and a Reflector
Now the pop quiz. How was this shot lit?
At first glance it looks like there's light coming from either side, but then how are my nose and lips lit? There's only one light and a reflector in this rig. A 24" softbox is above and slightly forward so the light is feathered onto the face; reflector is on the floor angled up to catch the remaining light and bounce it back up to reduce the shadows. Now if you know your Inverse Square law you'll be able to balance the ratio of shadows and light without futzing about. Don't know your inverse square law? Tune in tomorrow.
Oh, and Whoo-Hoo! I'm one quarter of the way through my 100 Days of Learning!