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
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.
- 2x normal reflector on 500Ws monoblocks
- 1x cyan gel (Light Blue, Lee) from the Jake Hicks collection
- 1x orange gel (Light Orange, Lee) from the Jake Hicks collection
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
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.