Umbrellas and Wattage
This is not working for me :) Granted I shoot in auto at the moment because metering, f stops, etc make my head spin. Maybe this is part of my problem? Also in this pic I did not use my on camera flash with the lights. Even with lights on the backdrop I get nasty shadows.
So I was hoping to get advice on what I need to do differently. Do I need a third light? Different umbrellas? Different positioning of the lights? Any other advice? Thanks so much.
|Alan N. Marcus||
This is question that will get you a myriad of answers. All such answers should be regarded with suspicion, including mine. However, I am gutsy so I will try and answer. First, you should known that when it comes to art, there are no hard fast rules. You are free to go out their and do anything you like. However, I advise that you should fist try to master those techniques that sell pictures.
1. One light rule. Most portraits look best if they convey the illusion of one light coming from above. Light from below create a ghastly monster. Therefore place one of your two lamps high and off to the side. Pay close attention to the shadows it casts. Adjust this lamp, know as the main so it casts a nose shadow of medium length, directin is down but not so long that it is touching the lips. With experience you will learn to adjust this lamp to correct facial defects. For example, subjects with a short nose, adjust for a longer nose shadow. Long nose, short shadow, round face, light more from the side. Long face light from the front. Placement of the main lamp is an art.
Latter you can add a third lamp to illuminate the background. It will allow you to adjust the brightness of the background and kill shadows cast on the background by the main and the fill.
The contrast of the finished picture is adjusted by changing the fill brightness. Dimmer (further back) yields more contract. Try for more contrast by moving the fill back once more using the 1.4 multiplier again. This gives a main distance of 5 feet with a fill placement of 10 feet.
You’re going to get lots of advice. Some will foo foo what I have written.
Thank you so much Alan. That helped put alot of what I have read in English :)
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