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Lighting Applications & Variations

This lighting setup can be good for male subjects, especially where showing form and character is important. 

By reducing the amount of fill lighting and moving the main light around more toward the subjects left, a lighting more appropriate for character studies can be achieved.    


This example clearly shows the flare that can be produced when light shining toward the lens is not blocked (see image near ladder).  Unless you want the flare effects, block stray light for accent lighting by placing black flags between the lights and your camera.   

Lighting Diagram 4.7

Example Portrait 4.7

In this example a number of relatively hard light sources were combined with soft fill lighting to add depth and to produce specular highlights.  This example also demonstrates  why flags can be so important.  The flare visible on the right side of this  image was caused by a kicker light without proper flagging. 



 The Lighting Setup

The  lighting apparatus used for this portrait is shown in the in the diagram below.  The main light consisted of a monolight fitted with a 16" portrait reflector.  This light was feathered in front of the face, with an incident reading at the nose of 1.5 f-stops brighter than the fill light.  A standard head fitted with a diffuser and barn doors was placed behind and the left of the subject, and set to an incident reading of 1/2 f-stop brighter than the fill light.  A similar head fitted with a 30 degree grid was placed behind and to the right of the subject and set to the same output as the other kicker.   A black background was placed 5' behind the subject.