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Expanding window light with inexpensive daylight bulbs!

In last week's Photographing People Part 3 class we had a lot of fun playing with a bunch of different light sources. When we come to part 3 it's time to put into practice what the students have learned in Part 1&2. They work 2 and 2 together spending 45 minutes at different workstations with different kind of lights. They trade off shooting and assisting. This is a great way for them to experience how an assistant can help improve their work. MaryLyn and I go from group to group giving input. Class by The International School of Photography.

The workstation in this image is window light with several great tools to help them. Reflectors including a black reflector for subtractive lighting, daylight bulbs with or without a silver umbrella and a diffusion screen if the sun comes and hits the window directly. We also have a metal halide lamp for daylight at a different work station.

In this image the window light was not strong enough and we wanted it to wrap the light more around the face so she could look more straight towards the camera without getting a dark side of the face. This was achieved when we added the 4 daylight bulbs Lisa is holding right inside the window, increasing and extending width to the light. The bulbs are very reasonable if bought in the right place. I love getting great light and results with simple and inexpensive methods. It's also fun for the students to come home with new great ideas that don't take thousands of dollars to put to work.

PS. So I added a "finished" image as requested. My Photoshop expert is busy with a magazine deadline, so I ran a file through our workflow action "ColorPerfect" so it's  a one click file. What is the biggest difference with our actions is that they are made for normal workflow not effects, except a couple of them. The set is called: Linge's Action Packed PS 1 v.1.03 Price US$ 175. It might add some sleep to your life :-)

 PSS. Here is a link to the holder etc .

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Do you have an after picture to see the results? :)

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

The result is right there Jessica, the lamp is on, the after is just cropped without Lisa in it :-) I just wish I had a shot with the lamp OFF also!!!!! Without the lamp it would be way to dark on her left side of the face, no light wrapping around it,bad catch light, no punch etc etc........ without the lamp it would probably need to be a profile picture looking out the window or almost profile. Wanted the triangle of light on her face to make her look her best.

November 24, 2009 | Registered Commenterkennethlinge

Great stuff as usual Kenneth. I love your practical approach to solving things with simple and inexpensive ideas. Thanks!

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Thompson

Great work as usual Kenneth.......YOU are totally the master!

November 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Allen

Your model is pretty, did you use a adobe photoshop to enhance the image?

Excellent work kenneth

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLas Vegas Photography

very creative when using available lamp...
thnks for the sharing... i like it... it brings me the another idea...

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKamal Zharif bin Kamaludin

Well i don't really mind to expend a little more in cool ball lights, i work for xlpharmacy making pictures of the people and the offices for the website and magazines and in my studio i have a lot of lights because i need the, if you take pictures you can't be cheap.

October 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdakuro

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