Healthy skin tones – The Lighting Series #12

Jan 20, 2019

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.

Healthy skin tones – The Lighting Series #12

Jan 20, 2019

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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The name of this installment is meant to be a joke, but anyone who follows the blog knows that I’m a little bit color-obsessed. This image is a play on the highly popular orange and teal color scheme, using the complementary contrast between orange and cyan

Nikon D800, 85mm f1.8 @f6.3, ISO 100, 1/200s

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.

Gear

Setup

In this photo, we play around with different elements and effects.

First, the whole scene was washed in a deep orange. The primary light source is relatively close to the camera, camera-right, which produces a shadow from the nose camera-left. The hard light used here produces hard shadows, but also strong highlights on the model’s face.

To emphasize the look, we used tons of baby oil on the model. Don’t be stingy!

Coming from opposite the main light, so rear camera-left is a complimentary light source. It has a normal reflector, but with a cyan gel.

All of the shadows falling from the main light are now being brightened by the backlight. Do be sure, though, to leave some shadow between the different light sources. You can see this clearly on the forehead, between the transition between the orange and cyan tones.

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

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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 “Healthy skin tones – The Lighting Series #12”

  1. László Som Avatar
    László Som

    so good, but the down load link is wrong :(

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      DIYPhotography

      thanks for the heads up, its fixed: http://bit.ly/2FujwCZ