Face projections – The Lighting Series 07

Dec 30, 2018

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website.

Face projections – The Lighting Series 07

Dec 30, 2018

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website.

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Nikon D800, 85mm f1.8 @f1.8, ISO 400, 1/100s

Sometimes an experimental idea turns out to be a stunning success. This was something like that.

The lighting series is a comprehensive lighting guide. We talk about flash photography, lighting, posing, color, and walk you through a series of lighting setups. Some will be simple, some complex, but in the end, they are all tools to add to your photography toolbox. Here is a complete list of the lighting tutorials.

Lighting gear

  • 1x Light Blaster by Spiffy on LED continuous light emitters
  • 1x translucent umbella on 100Ws monoblock
  • 1x black, light-absorbing background

The lighting setup

The idea for this picture was to draw a kind of height map on the model’s face with shadow stripes. It presented a few challenges.

In principle, four things can be used the create the projection:

We opted for the Light Blaster because it fitted our LED lights with their studio adapter.

Since this is a pure black and white gobo—that is, a template that either blocks light or not—you can really use just about anything.

The important thing to remember here is that your light sources will not be emitting lots of light. You will need to work with high ISO numbers and fast lenses

The individual light sources

Downloads

For the pictures in the article, we used the light simulation Set.A.Light 3D. You can download the lighting setup and try everything for yourself. You can also download this series as a free ebook.

If you’ve never worked with Set.a.Light before, you should give it a try! There is also a free demo version on the website, which you can use to open these setups.

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Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler

Stefan Kohler is a full-time retoucher. He’s from Germany and likes bacon. In the last years, he built up a broad community around his retouching classes at the Infinite tool’s website.

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2 responses to “Face projections – The Lighting Series 07”

  1. MH Photography Avatar
    MH Photography

    I like to work with the light blaster – it’s a great tool

  2. Frank Nazario Avatar
    Frank Nazario

    the blaster is a very cool tool… but i prefer the gobos made inhouse … cumbersome but a great exercise in creativity and resourcefulness.