There is one genre of photography that is black and white. There is another genre that is exactly the opposite and it is full of color. Today’s breakdown belongs to the second genre.
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.
- 3x Striplights with an orange gel on three 500Ws monoblocks
- 1x 150cm octabox with cyan gel on a 1000Ws monoblock
- 1x normal reflector with an orange gel on a 500Ws monoblock
- 1x hand-painted Gravity background
Granted, this setup is complex and leaves little scope for the model – but it is pretty grand at the same time.
The main light is a 150cm octabox with a cyan gel hanging from the ceiling in front of the model. The light is being feathered (See Setup # 2).
From the left and right, two striplights create a symmetrical light edge and the whole scene is lit from the bottom-front with a third striplight, which also had an orange gel.
Behind the model, there is another strobe with a normal reflector, which gives the background a vignetted effect.
The background is a hand-painted backdrop by Gravity. These backgrounds fill the scene completely. Think of them as paintings; no painter would ignore large areas of a canvas. Their presence brings a great deal to the composition.
The camera position was not easy, because you are using very big softboxes. The mix of focal length, distance, and position is a bit tricky.
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.