Photographic lighting 2.0

10 Apr

Now to the next part of the light, the lighting angle, I think the most difficult of the possibilities to change.

The exercise was to take a picture of a person with light from different angles (0, 45, 90, 135, 180) on both eye level and about 45 degrees up over the head of the subject, pointing down to it.

As I was recommended by a friend I started of with a small light source with very directional light and then I switched to diffused tungsten light I borrowed of a friend.

I did not do any editing to them apart from sharpening, slight vignette and lens correction. No editing in order to see and show what comes right out of the camera at different angles and different distances without me having the chance to “water it down” with editing, dodging or burning.

What I could see was that the contrast was increased with a smaller light source, having it further away (making it smaller that way) and increasing the shadows by using a black reflector.

Thanks to Nina who was tired after a day outside on the farm and nonetheless acted modell.

Naked light, front, strong shadow, unattractive

Naked light, front, strong shadow, unattractive

naked light, 45 to right, lite lightspill on left side, hard shadows

naked light, 45 to right, lite lightspill on left side, hard shadows

naked light, from right, face cut in half,

naked light, from right, face cut in half,

naked light, 135, a little too much spill on her cheek to give a good hairlight, reflections from the room lightening up her face

naked light, 135, a little too much spill on her cheek to give a good hairlight, reflections from the room lightening up her face

naked light from behind. Halo around her. clearly separated from bakground

naked light from behind. Halo around her. clearly separated from bakground

Naked light, front, 45 up, less feeling of a headlight of a car but hard shadows under her chin and nose

Naked light, front, 45 up, less feeling of a headlight of a car but hard shadows under her chin and nose

Naked light, 45 up, 45 right. Rembrandt.

Naked light, 45 up, 45 right. Rembrandt.

Naked light, 45 up, 90 right. Face again cut i half but better shadows from her glasses

Naked light, 45 up, 90 right. Face again cut i half but better shadows from her glasses

Naked light 45 up, 135 right, boring and too much spill on her face. Maybe wrong angles?

Naked light 45 up, 135 right, boring and too much spill on her face. Maybe wrong angles?

naked light, 45 upp, from behind. Too much light and too direct form behind to give an interesting view.

naked light, 45 upp, from behind. Too much light and too direct form behind to give an interesting view.

diffused from front, reflections in her glasses ans shadow of camera in them. Softer shadows

diffused from front, reflections in her glasses ans shadow of camera in them. Softer shadows

diffused, 45 right, softer shadows

diffused, 45 right, softer shadows

Diffused, 90 right, face cut in half but more pleasant change of light from light to darkness

Diffused, 90 right, face cut in half but more pleasant change of light from light to darkness

Diffused light, 135 right, maybe not enough from behind. Much spill on the face. Would have been better to go a little furter back.

Diffused light, 135 right, maybe not enough from behind. Much spill on the face. Would have been better to go a little furter back.

Diffused, from behind. Silhouette

Diffused, from behind. Silhouette

Diffused, 45 up, softer shadows and softer change of light, still not very attractive, shadow under chin

Diffused, 45 up, softer shadows and softer change of light, still not very attractive, shadow under chin

Diffused, 45 up, 45 right, Rembrandt. attractive

Diffused, 45 up, 45 right, Rembrandt. attractive

diffused 45 up, 90 right. Softer shadows, better shadows of the glasses than with naked light or from the side.More "stress" on the hair.

diffused 45 up, 90 right. Softer shadows, better shadows of the glasses than with naked light or from the side.More “stress” on the hair.

Diffused, 45 up, 135 right, better than the one in eye level, probably little further back. Interesting!

Diffused, 45 up, 135 right, better than the one in eye level, probably little further back. Interesting!

Light too close to the subject, highlights burned out. in this case better with spill on her face. unattractive lighting though.

Light too close to the subject, highlights burned out. in this case better with spill on her face. unattractive lighting though.

first attempt to get a picture with 45 up and 45 left on 3/5 power, 45 up and 45 right on 1/5 power and naked light on the floor directed on ther hair and chin.

first attempt to get a picture with 45 up and 45 left on 3/5 power, 45 up and 45 right on 1/5 power and naked light on the floor directed on the hair and chin.

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s.o.

Diffused light 45 up and probably 35-40 right, reflections just from the room.

Diffused light 45 up and probably 35-40 right, reflections just from the room.

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