30-Day Portrait Challenge: Two-Light Set Up with Reflective Umbrella
Day 24 of my portrait challenge.
If you are new to my blog you may have missed the 23 days preceding this one.
At the end of February, I decided to take the next 30 days to focus on one area of my photography to improve. I challenged myself to take a portrait each day with a different light setup using my current flash and strobe system.
The last 24 days have been a whirlwind of modifiers and lights, and I am so glad that I did this. I am becoming much more comfortable with my gear and able to troubleshoot problems much more quickly.
I am returning to last night’s modifier by using my large reflective umbrella once again.
I positioned the umbrella at a 45-degree angle from my subject, the middle of the umbrella was almost level with her eyes. I added a black panel to the left of the image to give some shadow and depth to her face.
For this next image, I removed the black panel at camera left. I did not notice much (if any) difference and I think I should have had the panel closer to her or maybe a larger panel.
For the final image, I turned off the background light.
- I don’t need an hour to make a portrait and I can work much faster than I thought.
- Setting up the lights 100% beforehand is a massive help for completing the session quickly.
Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, this was my fastest session for this challenge so far. I needed to get my kids to bed but I am so glad I went ahead and took these pictures as I think this light holds a lot of promise. I might be in love with this modifier. Who knew?
I think it needs some fine tuning but it is definitely a setup I plan on revisiting.
Onward to day 25.
Happy picture taking!