Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting for different skin tones, part of Lighting for Photographers: Portraiture.
For this portrait, I'll be shooting two models with different skin tones. …Light and dark skins react differently to lighting. …I knew I wanted a large soft light that would wraparound both of them. …Natalie Fobes: A little closer, a little closer and gentlemen if you could take a step back, both of you. …In fact, I'm going to have you come over on this side Craig, yeah, and Matt you are on this side. …Twist your body a little this way, all right. …Now Sam, let's bring that light in just a little bit towards me. …Sam: Towards them? …Natalie Fobes: Toward me.…
Sam: Toward you? …Natalie Fobes: Yeah, okay. That looks good. …Now the reason that I did this is that specular highlights define dark skin and shadows define …the lighter skin. …Sam: So you wanted Craig closer to the light. …Natalie Fobes: And I wanted Craig closer to the light, because his the skin tone is darker. …Otherwise, Matt would have been overexposed if I'd switch them. …Sam: Got you. …Natalie Fobes: But the other thing is that that the specular highlights on dark skin …
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