I spent the weekend practicing various lighting techniques and I’m going to try to start using this blog to document more of the process behind some of my photography.
This first fashion type shot was done by using a beauty dish on an overhead boom firing into a curved reflector placed low on the ground. This helped fill the image but still allowed for dramatic accent shadows on the subjects face.
This soft cross light was achieved by using two large Westcott Octobanks placed next to the subject and varying the power output to achieve a soft gradient on the her face. A much more classic portrait look and one of my favorites.
This last one was a three light approach. Two medium soft boxes placed to the sides and slightly behind with grids to cut out the flare. Then I used an overhead bank on a boom for a softer light to fill the face. The highlights from the edge lights result in a dramatic gritty look that would fit well in a sports or athletic type situation.
I don’t believe there’s any right or wrong way to do lighting. I never use a light meter or try to follow any traditional rules. I just experiment and if I like the way something looks I keep trying it. Just do what you love.