Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Portrait scenario: Athlete, part of Lighting for Photographers: Portraiture.
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I knew I wanted something creative and edgy for this portrait of Craig. …He is an athlete with amazing muscle definition. …And I set my lights to show that in the photo. …Natalie Fobes: Bring that strip box around, please! …Sam: This one here? …Natalie Fobes: Yeah. …And I want it coming in on an angle from the back. …Okay, so go ahead and flip that on and we'll take a look at what's going on. …Right now it's in the horizontal position. …I don't want it in the horizontal position, because it's wrapping too much around his body.…
So make it vertical. …Sam: Can I just turn it? …Natalie Fobes: You can just turn it, yeah. …The diffusion at this point is just making the light bigger, so I'm still getting this …strip all the way down to about here, the light coming in. …But it doesn't have that soft wraparound look. …And in this case, we're moving it back to the point where it's really hard again, which …is cool! What I'm looking for is a really distinct light right here. …And the way the angle is, it's coming in on his skin and it's bouncing right back off.…
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