Lighting Variations for Glamour and Portrait
October 3, 2011 § 4 Comments
I was recently part of a discussion on Linkedin about lighting in the studio with strobes. One of the participants in the discussion was a student studying commercial photography in an art school. He made the statement that there should never be shadows on a face when doing a portrait. I certainly hope that his instructors are not teaching him that. You need shadows to help shape and contour the persons face. There are times that you can use something like a ring-light where the shadows are very minimal. I’ve included a selection of images that I’ve shot in fairly recent times showing variations on lighting…a ring-light, a broad diffused umbrella placed directly behind me, a very broad large silk diffused light from the side, and a beauty dish with a grid, both diffused and non-diffused. If anyone has any questions, feel free to post them here, or email me. Thanks.
I hope that student checks this out and sees that shadows on a face are not that bad!