Join Jim Sugar for an in-depth discussion in this video The shoot, part 2, part of Wireless Flash: Studio Portraits.
Every time you can add another element to a photo, you increase the complexity…of the image and you make it much more fascinating.…So we've arranged to use the smoke machine, which Loren is going to fire.…And what that will do is it'll put a little puff of smoke at first and then…it will dissipate.…So we take the smoke machine and we put it down on the ground.…And I'll ask Bonnie to bear with me for second one.…Why don't you turn around this with just a little?…And we're going to turn the strobe away and she's going to become a human…light stand, literally.…
So I just put it in like this.…The backlight, it's doing the same thing, but we don't have a stool and we…don't have a clamp.…But we've we got Bonnie and so Bonnie becomes our light stand.…So Bonnie why don't you stand right there?…And I'll take the stool out.…I've done this before and it's actually kind of a neat technique.…So now we have a piece of seamless that's 9 feet wide and is probably about…10 or 12 feet tall.…
And I'm going to position her in such a way that I can shoot a full-length…
In this installment, Jim shows how to light and shoot a portrait with a dramatic look. He demonstrates a variety of inexpensive lighting tools—clamps, gels, and other light modifiers—to light the subject and the background. He also shows how to offer direction, pose the subject, and make him or her feel more comfortable. The course wraps up with tips on distinct ways to effectively light and separate the subject from the background, using gels, adjusting lights, and modifying the ratios between multiple strobes and the ambient light in the room.
- Preparing for a shoot
- Positioning the subject
- Using light modifiers, clamps, and other lighting accessories
- Assessing the results
- Tips to remember for lighting and shooting portraits