Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Using butterfly lighting for portraits, part of Lighting for Photographers: Portraiture.
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For the rest of the course I'll be showing you some of the lighting I use for my portraiture. …Sam will be helping me. …He's not a seasoned assistant, but just wants to learn more about lighting. …And because the lights in the studio are daylight balanced, I use daylight balanced bulbs in …my light too. …One word of caution, these lights get hot. …Never handle a bulb with your bare fingers after it's been on. …You'll get burned. …And it's a good idea to wear gloves when you change bulbs too.…
The oil from your fingers can cause some styles of bulbs to explode. …When you think of Hollywood portraits, you think of the butterfly lighting. …The lightest placed above this subject, pretty much on access with the camera. It sculpts …the face and is named for the little shadow under the nose. Evey's face will be lovely …with this light. …Okay, you look great! So Sam, we're going to do a very classic lighting setup today, …we're going to basically use one light and then the hair light later on.…
This light was used by a guy named George Hurrell back in the '20s, and he photographed …
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