Research – Studio Lighting Project

As part of my feedback from Assignment 2 (collecting) we had a discussion about my choice of camera setup and some of the constraints I had put somewhat unnecessarily on myself in working through the technical aspects. From this I was sent a link to explore some studio lighting techniques discovered by another student in her research and then from there I found an internet archive where I came across the book, which I have since  ordered “50 Lighting Setups for Portrait Photographers by Steven H. Begleiter”. Whilst I do not have the array of lighting equipment displayed in this book, I was able to experiment with four lighting setups and two soft boxes in our kitchen. Normally I don’t go for studio lighting of any kind but hindsight from my second assignment and my upcoming assignment four warranted further attention. all of the images taken were shot in manual mode. My wife Debra kindly volunteered to be my model for this experiment.

I have decided to experiment with these four lighting setups (illustrations taking from the book for reference):

 

 

 

 

Side Lighting

These two images involved the use of one soft box positioned to the left of the frame in line with the targets face against and black background. Both images seem to show effective use of side lighting subjects.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 16 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/6s

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 16 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/6s

Paramount Lighting

These two images I have selected involved a soft box angled down towards the subject, the idea is to create a shadow below the jaw line. Out of the two I do believe the second one works better in terms of illustrating that concept.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 16 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/6s

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 16 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/6s

Rembrandt Lighting

Similar to Paramount lighting, Rembrandt has the soft box positioned to one side of the camera approximately 2 feet above, angled and pointing towards the subject. In this instance the light is coming from the right side of my position. Both images work well here.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 16 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/6s

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 16 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/6s

Side Lighting Modified

This method makes use of two soft boxes positioned either side of the subject at eye level and whilst both images work well I do find the lighting to be a little harsh. Perhaps in this instance the soft boxes were positioned to close to the subject.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 16 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/6s

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 16 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 70mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/6s

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References

Karen Skelhorn, Studio Lighting. [online]. Available at: https://karenskelhornoca.blogspot.com/2013/03/people-and-place-studio-lighting.html [Accessed 12th May 2020]

Archive.org, 50 Lighting Setups for Portrait Photographers. [online]. Available at: https://ia801808.us.archive.org/1/items/50_Lighting_Setups_for_Portrait_Photographers_Easy-to-Follow_Lighting_Designs_an/50_Lighting_Setups_for_Portrait_Photographers_Easy-to-Follow_Lighting_Designs_and_Diagrams.pdf [Accessed 13th May 2020]

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