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Lighting that ROCKS!

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 at 09:54AM by Registered Commenterkennethlinge in , , , | Comments10 Comments | References1 Reference

Lighting that ROCKS! How you can set yourself apart by lighting well. This is part of my newest lighting program first presented Monday this week for The Dutch Institute of Professional Photography in Utrech, The Netherlands. In this image you can see how I use as many as 3 back lights on Jamie. The middle ones main purpose is to do the hair and edge her. The two on the sides are also hitting her face and shoulders and earrings in a strong way. For my main light I use a small reflector with a grid straight on to just hit the very middle of her face. It is hand held by my assistant since it needs to be SO VERY EXACT and any little movement in Jamie and it will need readjustment. Fill light is a silver umbrella. You can see it all in the overview image (The overview is shot on a black background a few minutes before we changed background and outfit for todays main image.) This "Lighting that Rocks" section also goes into my Photographing People Part 2 class from now on. Elinchrom is my main supplier of strobes. 

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What's creating the broad reflection in the skin of the face?
the umbrella, or is that the grid?

love the jewelry styling too!

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Cowley

Thanks Neil, If I understand your question right you are thinking about the reflection in the center of her face (The triangle?} That is the grid spot, the darker area before the backlighting is the silver umbrella. I'm all about layers of light to create depth and dimension in an image. Thanks for commenting.


September 11, 2009 | Registered Commenterkennethlinge

Great post Kenneth, I really like your lighting style here. Your moving me towards signing up for your part 2 class :-)

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott Smith

I love the positioning of the jewelry, it's shape is perfect- it's almost as though it is a reflection of the shape of her head.

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie Hill Smith

Great post! Thank you for sharing this. I was so wrong... (in my feeble decoding attempt). Three back lights just to get the right rim, that is awesome. You're really sculpting with light, Kenneth! Decades of practice. Wonderful.

Is your main a tungsten continous or a flash?

September 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJørgen Bjerkøe

Jørgen, It's an Elinchrom flash with a small reflector one size up from standard reflector.I don't remember how many degrees the grid/honey comb is but very narrow.

September 11, 2009 | Registered Commenterkennethlinge

What a shot! Nice photos. I think you made some editing. Right?

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHRMom @ bigjobsboard

I'm here via Rich Legg's blog. I'm also a istocker that is having trouble getting my 'processed' photos accepted. Any chance on a tutorial on what you did whit this image? I still can't believe they actually accepted it! I mean, I like it, but I must be doing something very wrong in my process.

September 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdebbi

I'm still here hoping to see a tut on this process. Did you ask your wife?

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdebbi

Great work, great style...

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarl Bratby

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