Studio Lighting (part 1)
Accordingly, studio lighting takes many forms. As a matter of fact, there are flashlights, continuous lighting and strobe lighting.
As a result, you have to consider which benefits you best.
In this case, Flashguns used off camera.
Likewise, as the name suggests the lighting does not change although it can be dimmed or brightened.
Accordingly, this normally has a modelling light that allows you to judge the final lighting setup. In addition, it has a strobe light that supplies the actual lighting for the subject when fired.
When I started the business I choose Stobe Lighting. For this reason. that it was a portable unit. In this case, the units are mains electricity or battery powered. You can also use a variety of light modifiers over the strobe to soften the light.
Moreover, all forms of studio lighting require setting up for light level and colour balance. That is to say, to do this accurately you need a light meter and a using a grey card. If you don’t do this then you will get inferior results. Must be remembered, each light requires setting up individually to produce the effect the photographer is looking for.
You can use 1 or multiples of, in most cases, you would use more than 1. In this case, the ideal studio lights for portraits is four.
1. would be the main/key light.
2. would be your fill light
3. would be your hair light
4. would be your backdrop light
For this reason, these lighting setups are normally used for coloured backdrops.
Generally speaking, if you’re using a white background, you remove the hair and backdrop lights. These then get placed pointing at the white backdrop.
In addition, with the lights in position and set to the levels required, the cameras set to the settings. In this case, the cameras set to the main/key light setting.
Watch out for part two. Want to know more then drop me a line.
In the first place, a business portrait requires an expression that conveys realism, confidence, character and intensity. In this case, for a business portrait “Image is Everything” which makes this an art.
For this reason, it’s important to get your image right, have a look at this study from Photo Feeler
Furthermore, the biggest challenge a photographer faces is getting people to relax and look “themselves” for a good business portrait. More often people are simply too tense or self-conscious when facing a camera to really let their guard down. Consequently, this causes a problem by denying a chance to capture their relaxed, smiling and natural expressions.
How To Create A Pleasing Business Portrait.
In the first place asking someone to smile for the camera, can look a little fake. Surprisingly a fake smile does not show in the eyes.
Likewise, to achieve the genuine smile you need to employ a few tactics, what’s the best way to do this?
For one thing, never ask people to smile or ask them to say “cheese”.
In like manner, it’s important that the photographers relaxed and smiling as its contagious. Consequently, if not the client will sense the uptight feeling and they won’t relax. For this reason, if they feel uptight this will show in the photos.
Therefore start by asking them to think about someone or something that makes them laugh. As a result of that way, you get a great reaction and a genuine smile.
In the first place, get the conversation going, take the pressure off by chatting. Therefore, ask them what they like or dislike, what the weather is doing, what was there best night out. In other words, DO NOT stand behind the camera and not say a word.
Using jokes is a good way to break the ice. Beware though keep within acceptable limits. In this case, you can use corny jokes or even knock-knock.
Surely you remember the fun you had at school with tongue twisters? Prepare a couple on a card and ask the client to repeat them aloud. Then in front of the camera ask them to repeat them quickly. As a result, yes, you guessed it they will start to laugh/smile.
Compliment them, find something that is part of them. Like their eyes instead of their outfit.
Furthermore, try and find out what music they like. During the session randomly start singing. See what happens when you sing the lyrics wrong?
Ask Them Not To Smile
As an illustration, make a point of asking the client to keep a straight face. Particularly if you’re still smiling. As a result, when you tell them not to smile they find it hard not to smile.
On the positive side, I hope that you enjoyed this. For further information, contact Martin