Join Robert Vanelli for an in-depth discussion in this video Testing the lighting and making adjustments, part of Portrait Photography: Business Portraits.
- Now we've been shooting for a while. Earlier before we started this shoot, we had a test subject come in and we set the lights up, and we initally started with a light meter and we took a meter reading of the lights and we took a good guess-timate of what we felt the lights would look like. Now that the subject is on set, we have to do some tweaking, and that's where this light meter is going to come in handy. Dylan, what I want to do is I'm going to set the intensity of these lights, so if you just look straight ahead. (calm instrumental music) So now I took a meter reading and it's given me a good idea of what the lights are at.
I'm at 1/25th of a second for the shutter, 64 ISO, and F11. From here what I want to do is see what this light says, the reading for this light, and then I'll start making my tweaks. (calm instrumental music) Now after taking a reading, this came to be about F10, so the light is actually almost even, so what I want to do now is make this key light a little bit more powerful than the backlight. In order to do that, I have to tweak the settings a little bit, and that's where this light meter helped us to give me a good starting point of where to go from here.
(calm instrumental music) Earlier I knew I wanted to get around an F16 aperture, so by moving the light to subject distance a little bit closer, I was able to increase the power of the light and that brought it up to the proper F stop that I need. Now, don't be afraid when you're on set to make those slight tweaks. It'll save you a lot more time when you decide to go into post-production after the shooting itself.
Okay that's it. The head up just a little bit. Nice. Beautiful. Good. Close your eyes for a second. Ready? Slowly open. Happy. Nice. Do it one more time. Beautiful. Right there. (calm instrumental music) Now that we tweaked our lighting, it's time for us to move on and get creative.
- Choosing a backdrop
- Scouting locations
- Lighting for corporate headshots and environmental portraits
- Establishing rapport with clients
- Creating a sense of power through posing
- Editing portraits with Lightroom
- Cataloging and organizing images