50 LIGHTING SETUPS FOR PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS Easy-to-follow lighting designs and diagrams Steven H. Begleiter Amherst Media ® PUBLISHER. 50 LIGHTING SETUPS FOR PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS. Here, the main light was a Profoto Globe, creating a soft look. I also used the TeleZoom reflector to. Master professional portrait lighting with these 20 essential studio setups. KIT: One D-lite RX4 setup. The light is slightly less contrasty, because the light is less directional and there is always . The Photographer Academy worth £ Plus.
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As you progress through the following lighting setups, from Paramount to split lighting However, most contemporary portrait photographers prefer diffused light. 50 Lighting Setups for Portrait Photographers: Easy-To-Follow Lighting Designs and Diagrams [Steven H Begleiter] on abliteseku.cf *FREE* shipping on. master. _ lighting guide FOR PORTRAIT P H O T O G R A P H E R S Christopher Grey AMHERST MEDIA, INC. 41 41 43 44 44 47 48 50 PART II—PORTRAIT LIGHTING IN PRACTICE A VERSATILE PORTRAIT LIGHTING S E T U P
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As you learn varieties of the right light, beautiful lighting arrangements will please clients whose tastes will vary and may amaze you. Clients with different tastes will find your portraits attractive and satisfying, and the photographers whose work appears in these pages will acquaint you with their successful portrait techniques.
Study the images that you find most attractive. Insightful poses, lighting arrangements, and your direction allow people to reveal themselves in successful and maybe surprising portraits.
It can stimulate personality and may help generate worthy expressions. Words and music can pull attitude out of teenagers. In advertising photos, women are sometimes idealized beyond reality and men are handsome or rugged. To sell products and services or promote fashions, art directors may employ surreal and arbitrary poses.
Maybe some will inspire you. Celebrity portraits may be cool and perhaps flippant. Media photographers try to devise interesting and dramatic poses in offbeat settings. For instance, black backgrounds and blond girls make for an intriguing portrait recipe.
Your enthusiasm helps people unwind so you may shoot variations on their best poses.
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Some may be your friends and neighbors. Tell them these are practice sessions and they are helping you stay up to date. Many will be delighted to pose in return for prints, and you are free to play with lighting and camera angles. Switch backgrounds and create some mood lighting.
Test your flexibility in suitable outdoor settings. Find ready-made sets in front of shops, on church steps, in parks, or other locales that appeal to you. You will have a different kind of good time shooting portraits for fun and games. Practice incongruity, such as using an old bridge as a background or by placing strangers next to each other and have them play momentary roles as gleeful friends. Experimental posing is a refreshing way to boost your creativity, and it ensures a free and easy ambience as you shoot.
Get excited when you see cool images. Praise inhibited subjects and be patient. Now, having thought about they put on some phases of portrait photography. Each shows inspiring enthusiasm.
You will learn as you share their words and pictures. I know I learned a lot. Photo by Greg Lewis. She remembers photographing a friend and being disappointed by the forced, prim smile she captured in the images of her.
Julia decided to keep the camera up to her eye, hoping her friend would let her guard down. Julia took one darkroom class early on and later took photography courses in college. My goal was to capture the spirit of places I visited, which usually meant opting for realism over intrusively posing people. I found that artisans or children at play were much more charming when they were going about their activities, rather than stopping what they were doing to flash a frozen smile at my camera.
I completed a photography course at Emory University in Atlanta and another at the New York Institute of Photography, but most of my style and techniques are self-taught. Renaissance-era oil paintings and contemporary editorial photography have also influenced me.
Before starting my photography business, my career was in marketing and business consultation. I earned an MBA degree, which has given me an indepth knowledge of business marketing strategy, advertising, and public relations. I had the foundations that I needed to launch my portrait photography business. My immediate community is generally middle- to upper-middle-class, but adjacent communities are my more upscale target markets. I am about a 30 to 60minute drive from areas in metro Atlanta where many clients live in surrounding upscale areas.
I have been in business since and have one employee who assists me administratively, but I do all the shooting in my low-volume studio or on location. I accept commercial as- signments on occasion but choose not to photograph weddings in order to focus on portraits. My studio is popular for photographing babies during their first year, though I shoot a majority of child sessions on location.
I love the natural textures and colors. I enjoy a variety of posing possibilities like old barns and urban streets.
I gravitate toward locations that offer varying levels, such as steps, where I can easily pose individuals and groups.
During the client consultation, I am likely to joke with them or coo over their little ones while I am going over session details. Many photographers, particularly one-person shops, make the mistake of going overboard to appear to be all business. It follows that personality is a big asset in my portrait photography business, second only to the photography itself. If I am charming and engaging, it makes for a much more pleasant client experience.
I challenge myself to find one obscure or bizarre thing that I have in common with the client. Even something as simple as congratulating a prospective client on their recent marriage or baby-to-be helps a client warm up to you.
Fulllength portraits are the most challenging, since the subjects are on full display.
Once they are posed attractively for full-length portraits, they look great in close-ups as well. I try to begin with poses that make the subject feel most comfortable. Sometimes that means incorporating a prop such as a chair or toy. With adults and children three years and older, I frequently demonstrate first poses and others later so they know what I mean. I also keep images showing various poses on hand as another way to enlighten my subjects.
A big posing challenge is having subjects look natural while they are beautifully posed. I can tweak hand and feet positions toward the light and tilt heads, but if the subject is wearing a frozen, unnatural grin, the portrait is a failure. To overcome this challenge I first pose the person attractively and then interact with them, joking and acting silly, so they smile naturally, and I catch great expressions.
I will have couples kiss or cuddle or even get into a tickle war that produces a series of giggles and warm smiles that make good portraits. I often find that my most awkward clients are husbands and wives. Their awkwardness melts away and I get warm, adoring looks between them, and usually some great smoochy shots as well.
Whatever you do, keep a straight face. One technique I use in nearly every session is what I call active posing. Like a movie director, I give subjects something to do. If it is a child, I may have him run through a field or cuddle with a giant stuffed bunny. I might have a family engage in a tickle war. If I am photographing a senior, I may have her play supermodel. I capture the action and expressions as they happen. Kids and grownups enjoy loosening up. With young children, I might discuss animals as I make animal sounds, or their favorite cartoon characters.
I might ask seniors if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend or what their favorite band is. I love classic lighting patterns loop, Rembrandt, short, etc. Carefully placed light and shadow emphasizes the lines and curves of faces and figures.
For subjects with challenges such as skin blemishes, I often choose somewhat flat or butterfly lighting.
Shadows are as important as highlights in creating a mood. Shadows also wonderfully help to emphasize form, such as the figure of a pregnant woman.
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The more I want to emphasize form, the more dramatic the lighting and shadowing I choose. Lighting also helps create and sustain moods such as when a child looks pensive.
Light augments the pose. When lighting a group outdoors I use two to three strobes with modifiers to balance the natural light. Including their arms or hands can help them feel at ease.
I often begin a senior session with the subject sitting on a backward-facing chair, with their chin on one hand. I give them positive verbal feedback about how great they are doing, and that boosts their confidence to try less safe poses without as much of a reliance on props.
Toys are usually fine props for children. I will either use a stepladder or stairs, or have the client sit low to the ground and face toward the lens to minimize a double chin. I use telephoto lenses to visually flatten prominent features and utilize shallow depth of field and flat lighting so blemishes are attractively obscured. I find that most adults—even those who are virtually model-perfect—feel they have features they want to de-emphasize.
For group posing, I use the time-honored method of establishing compositional triangles. I want the triangular arrangement of faces positioned within the portrait. I avoid creating rigid rows in favor of a more fluid and natural composition, and I aim to make sure no two faces are on exactly the same horizontal plane when possible. I like to photograph families in several different poses and compositions, usually starting with fairly traditional posing, then repositioning family members so they form a more interesting composition such as an S or C curve.
I also include more contemporary poses like those that fashion models use. Posing variety is important.
Props, clothing changes, and scenery changes are also critical components of senior portrait sessions. With young children, I aim to capture movement and often provide toys, chairs, and props to guide them into appealing, natural poses.
I also simply talk to them. When you ask a child about her favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning or her favorite toy, or even if her brother has stinky feet, the smile that lights up her face is sweeter than any on-command grin could be.
For instance, a dreamy portrait of a little girl in a field of wild grasses would be better executed with a muted cotton dress than a frilly outfit, and a contemporary senior portrait works well with vibrant, modern outfits as opposed to overly formal garb. I encourage clients to bring several changes of clothing, and I explain what will photograph best. We usually have time for at least one wardrobe change. However, I take full advantage of the magic of Photoshop.
I tend to follow these guidelines when photographing families. I would never pose a father, for example, with a feminine head tilt. When photographing executives, I tend to pose both males and females in positions that communicate strength. I have eleven lenses for different effects, including a 12—24mm fisheye.
In the studio, I use three AlienBees strobes with Larson softboxes. The pair began as high school sweethearts in they had the same high school photography teacher! Marissa puts pictorial emphasis on photographing women in pinup poses that please their husbands.
She has developed her own boudoir posing book, and this chapter includes her boudoir poses. Our busi- ness started on a small scale in , and I taught myself techniques the best I could. I fell in love with photography and switched to digital in , though I will always miss the darkroom.
My husband is also partly self-taught. In , we were talked into shooting a wedding. By , I was ready to launch the boudoir portion of our business, Woman Captured.
Kimberlee West and I shoot boudoir and she is my business partner for the Boudoir Divas. Under this name, we produce educational materials for other photographers. Kimberlee and I wrote a book about boudoir techniques in Woman Captured had unbelievable growth, and in we went from shooting in a small garage to using a square-foot studio in San Diego. Our materials are available online at www.
We plan to release tutorial video footage in late We paid special attention to moody lighting and overall ambiance. Five of us work full time. I am the creative director, and I run the studio and do marketing. I also shoot our bigger boudoir packages. Weston shoots and manages the wedding portion of our business. I am his second shooter on weddings. Crystal Carr, our studio manager, is also a Woman Captured boudoir photographer.
Our shooting space is about square feet.
We have ten handdesigned boudoir sets, a few high-key areas, a dark and moody set, and a vintage bed with crown moldings on the wall behind it. In addition to the vintage bedroom and other sets we have a few outdoor locations available for a special fee.
In , we did about sessions, and in we anticipate about It allows a wife to give her hubby a gift that will add a little spark to the marriage. Once a client books her session, we send her a PDF that answers frequently asked questions and helps to prepare her for the shoot. This keeps her from having to e-mail or phone us. When women arrive in our studio, they typically understand the process. We chat a little more about her feelings and go over outfits and choose corresponding sets.
During the shoot itself, we get to know each other.
However, boudoir posing can be very challenging. For that reason, we have memorized about 14 poses that flatter all body types, and we can really give the client the attention she deserves. We are fun and friendly and avoid making her feel like she has to meet our photographic expectations. Our 14 poses range from lying down, sitting, standing, to different variations in between. Not having to think about what poses to do next allows me to create informal energy and a positive experience.
In our boudoir marketing we put a great deal of emphasis on the experience. This book covers everything from the principles of portrait lighting the nature of light, the equipment, light ratios, and classic lighting styles to dozens of different practical applications of portrait lighting business portraits, publicity headshots, high-key, one-light glamour, etc.
Written by Christopher Grey. As it says on the cover, James Cheadle and Peter Travers have put together a book full of recipes for lighting and composing professional portraits. Every image is broken down with a lighting diagram, posing and exposure information, as well as the story behind the shot. Besides all of the valuable lighting information, the book also includes post-production sections on topics such as RAW file processing, HDR, and digital makeovers.
Like the subtitle says, this book aims to be your one-stop shop for identifying the top ten worst photography lighting situations, as well as multiple suggested solutions for overcoming them.
This book does a great job of showing you how to not only overcome the challenges, but to do so with confidence. Walking you through the process from start to finish, Jeff Smith covers both the artistic and technical sides of achieving positive results. Short lessons, accompanied by diagrams and examples, guide you through each step of the process—creatively and practically— without dumping too much information on your head at once.
Starting with the basics for creating professional-looking product photos, Allison Earnest walks you through the qualities of light and rendering texture, as well as how it all comes together in a step-by-step lighting setup.
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The second half of the book brings together images from actual assignments, detailing a wide variety of products and settings, as well as lighting diagrams and setup shots. A variety of lighting and exposure techniques, combined with inexpensive, compact flash units, clearly show how you can achieve professional results without a professional budget.
Professional food photography, though, definitely falls into the easier-said-than-done category. The best food photography evokes a sensory response. The viewer can practically smell and taste the food when it is photographed well, and Teri Campbell shows you how to do it— not only by sharing his detailed lighting setups and shooting techniques, but also by offering solid advice on setting up a studio, using the right gear, marketing your work, and more.
Geared more towards the intermediate-to-advanced photographer, Campbell also takes you inside his commercial shoots, as well as his post-processing techniques.The most well known, "barndoors," act as flags, allowing you to control where the light falls as it leaves the source image In image , the key was a inch umbrella set above the camera in the butterfly position. The shadows are soft but defined, and the body is nicely contoured. Then, I had them bend their knees to create a more casual look.
When all these factors work together, the exposure is considered "perfect"—but it's a common misperception that all "perfect" images must be correctly exposed. Used correctly and creatively, this allow you to dial up or down the pop-up flash output. The key to a successful corporate shoot is Posing being decisive. PDF 32 Krages B. Puff the Magic Dragon.