The Black and White Portrait – The Lighting Series #10

Jan 13, 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. You can follow his work oninstagram.

The Black and White Portrait – The Lighting Series #10

Jan 13, 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. You can follow his work oninstagram.

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Taking a 180-degree turn from our color-bursting portrait, here is a very soft black-and-white portrait and how to build a great setup for it.

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

Lighting setup

In this setup, a parabolic umbrella forms the base. The light is very defined and creates highly visible highlights.

A second open Octabox brightens the shadows created by the model’s pose and brings some light into the shadow areas.

Using an infinity cove (a.k.a. cyclorama), with its gentle curvature, ensures a smooth transition between floor and wall.

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. You can follow his work oninstagram.

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