Saturday, February 9, 2013

Experimenting with some Hi Key Lighting

This weekend we had a snow storm, so what better time to set up my gear and take some photos! Only one problem, no model. Guess that means you are stuck with me!

The last time I messed around doing a self portrait it was a pain in the butt. You see, I don't have a remote trigger for my camera, so it is a lot of back and forth using the timer. Today I got geeky and first tethered my camera to my iMac, then loaded up Canon's Utility software to control my camera. Then... using my iPad, I remotely controlled the software on my iMac via LogMeIn. Worked great! I stood in front of my backdrop, did my pose, and tapped a button. Bam!

So, on to the actual shoot.

In my first set up, I was trying to mimic the "Killer Clamshell" look described here http://digital-photography-school.com/the-killer-clamshell-a-two-light-setup-guide ... I modified it a little.


Here is a look from my iPad looking back to the camera:

- AB400 in soft box behind me at 1/4 power
- AB800 above camera at 1/4 power
- Camera at F8 / 1/250th / ISO100 
- approx 7ft from subject
- Lens 70-200 f/4 

Here are two shots, from this set up. I really like how the light from behind, wraps around my head and shoulders.
 


In the next set up, I was attempting the clamshell, but from each side rather than top, as seen here:



Set up #2:

- 2 AB400 on each side of subject at 1/8 power
- 1 AB800 at background at 1/4 power
- 1 AB1600 at background at 1/8 power
- 2 umbrellas on background
- 1 umbrella subject left
- 1 soft box subject right


The 3rd set up I went for the top/bottom clam shell, with 2 lights on the background.

Set up #3:

- 1 AB400 high at 1/4 power - softbox

- 1 AB400 low at 1/4 power - umbrella
- 1 AB800 at background at 1/4 power
- 1 AB1600 at background at 1/8 power
- 2 umbrellas on background

 

And in my final set up, #4 ... it was identical to #3, except I did not use a light from below.


Set up #4:

- 1 AB400 high at above 1/2 power - softbox

- 1 AB800 at background at 1/4 power
- 1 AB1600 at background at 1/8 power
- 2 umbrellas on background


 

I have to say, they all have something different about them, but I really like #1 and #3 the most. I think if in 3 and 4, if I had of stood closer to the background, some of the light bouncing off it, would have shown a hit of wrapping around me, like in #1.

After all that, I think my favorite pic of the day is this one. Done with set up #1.


Then I had a little fun with it.. here is the final result.



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