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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Light Lessons

A master of technique walks us through a series of situations and explains how to craft illumination


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Place the big area light (1) as low as possible. Your light gets very soft and nicely graduated with a heavy falloff toward the legs. The scene can be filled in differently, but only a Para FB (defocused) shapes the body this perfectly. The camera was rather low, about as high as the model’s knees. The result was an elegant, tall body. Using a large aperture (ƒ/8) avoided visible structure (like footprints and crinkles) on the background, as it was far out of focus.

A remote-controlled Grafit A4 was used to feed the Cumulite. The second one was for the Para FB.


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Camera Format:
Medium-format with digital back
Resolution/ISO: 22 MP/ISO 50
Focal Length: 120mm
Shutter Speed: 1⁄125 sec. ƒ-stop: ƒ/8

1) Cumulite 2 (if not available, use a Pulsoflex C 150x150cm) as the main light
2)
Para 220 FB, defocused as a fill-in
3) P65 normal reflector with honeycomb grids on a Pulso G lamp base for the bright spot on the background
4) Dark gray background paper
5) Low table (30cm), covered with the same background paper
6) Camera
M) Model

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For this completely diffused portrait, the solution wasn’t an indirect illumination, but a huge softbox and a reflector placed very close to the model.

In addition, I chose to place the light shaper below the model and the reflector above her to ensure that I got enough light in the eyes and under the chin and nose. (This technique should only be used with very soft and diffused lights, however.)

As I have only one reflector but no active light shaper above the model, an additional Pulsoflex EM 30x110cm was used as a hair light.

The lights were very close to the model—a powerpack with a large power range had to be used. A Grafit A2 was the best choice in this situation.


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Camera Format: Medium-format with digital back
Resolution/ISO: 16 MP/ISO 50
Focal Length: 120mm
Shutter Speed: 1⁄125 sec.
ƒ-stop:
ƒ/11
1) Pulsoflex C on a Pulso G lamp base
2) Pulsoflex EM on a Unilite lamp base
3) P65 reflector on a Pulso G lamp base
4) White background paper
5)
Polystyrene wall
6) Camera
M) Model


 

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