Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring a four-light portrait scenario, part of Lighting for Photographers: Portraiture.
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A four light setup can be used for everything from corporate, to seniors, to character portraits. …It's also a great lighting for video interviews. …I used four lights and a reflector for this setup with Paulina. …Natalie Fobes: All right! Bring it in as close as you can to her. …Sam: Okay. Natalie Fobes: Even closer. …Remember that the closer and the larger the light sources relation to their subject, the …softer the light.…
Look what happens, when I move the soft box back. …So here she is in the middle of the soft box. …A lot different light than what we had in the front. …If the soft fox is in front or slightly in front, then it wraps around her face. …Sam: And you can still get some light on the right side. …Natalie Fobes: You get the light on both sides. …Now that we've got our key light figured out, let's work with the hair light. …I think it's going to be okay, but, we're going to check it out.…
Sam: Okay. …Natalie Fobes: Yes, that's great! Now I always like to check the hair light without the key …
Next, Natalie details a variety of common one-light and two-light lighting techniques, explaining exposure, metering considerations, and light modifiers along the way.
The course concludes with several lighting tips, including minimizing physical challenges and do-it-yourself lighting gear instructions.
- Understanding lighting positions
- Deconstructing photos to study lighting
- Lighting a portrait for a Rembrandt pattern
- Backlighting in portraits
- Examining a four-light portrait scenario
- Lighting for different skin tones