5 days left of my 30-day challenge. So very close!
Today, I once again worked with the large reflective umbrella with an attached diffusion cover.
The Light Setup
I positioned the umbrella, which was much larger than in the image below, camera right to my delightful model Avery. I added a grid spot on the background that was lit with a modeling lamp instead of the flash. I also added a black panel to camera left of my subject. I thought this would add some shaping and depth to the image.
The results were very school picture-ish and the black panel appeared to make the shadow along her nose even darker.
So I began tinkering and removed the black panel and added a softbox in instead.
I didn’t care for the lack of shadows from the resulting image and felt the light was bland.
I turned off the background grid spot and moved the light in front of Avery and I shot right below it. I liked this light more although because it was front lit, it still lacked shadows.
I tried shooting from different angles and replaced the black panel at camera left to add more dimension.
I ended up liking the final images but it took quite a few adjustments and tinkering to pull it together. I was very thankful for an older model that I could chat with while making adjustments and not have to worry about her running off in the middle of a shot. She was a gem to work with. Plus, she loves books so that makes her even better.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
- Having an older, patient model is a huge plus when experimenting with lighting.
I am wrapping up my portrait challenge and I am not sure what lights I will be focusing on over these last couple days. I may bring out my ring light and add another light with it or maybe I will attempt a session with a shop lamp. I am still up in the air with what to do next but I have no doubt that there is still tons to explore.
I may bring out my ring light and add another light with it or maybe I will attempt a session with a shop lamp. I am still up in the air with what to do next but I have no doubt that there is still tons to explore.
Thanks for reading and happy creating!