Page created December 20, 2003
Justine returns for a third visit.
This visit was unusual in a couple of ways:
The results were simple & elegant.
I have to say that using the digital camera to preview the lighting was extremely useful. It was a bit tricky figuring out how to get the digital camera to fire off the strobes, but it was definitely worth the effort. I did have a Polaroid back for my film camera, but I never got it to work properly, and it certainly was messy. With the digital camera, I can keep & display the images here.
It's also interesting to look at the digital & film images side by side:
Okay, I have better control over the film camera than the digital one -- this digital image is slightly out of focus, and it isn't exactly optimally exposed (the camera was set for manual, so I have only myself to blame). And to be fair, I was using the digital camera only to check the lighting & wasn't concentrating on the pose or facial expression that much. After making the digital image (on the left), I moved the main light (to the left of the camera) further back, slightly behind the model. I like that the B&W image has come out more shadowy than the color one.
Enough -- let's get back to the images.
Some lighting basics: classic lighting uses three light sources, and this is an example of classic lighting. There's a main light: a soft box to the left of the camera & slightly behind Justine; there's a fill light on the other side, which is lighting her face; and there is a hair light above Justine, which is contributing the light on the top of her head. There's a reason this style of lighting is "classic" -- it is very nice & balanced.
|Justine was looking very good indeed. She is youthful & lithe with smooth, clear skin. And perhaps more importantly, she's so easy to get along with.|
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