GESO - Tina (lighting how-to)
bruce.walker at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 10:35:11 EDT 2009
Larry Colen wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 07:43:03PM -0400, Bruce Walker wrote:
>> My model is Tina Hung, an aspiring actor/singer/dancer. Tina is
>> practicing her "serious look" here. :-)
> A very attractive young lady.
>> Makeup & styling: Tina and Louise Peacock
>> Camera: Pentax K20D, DA* 50-135mm F2.8
>> Lighting: Pentax AF-540FGZ x 2,
>> Westcott 45" shoot-through umbrella,
>> home-made snoot,
>> silver Dollar-store auto-reflector.
>> Studio: my living room. :-)
> Excellent use of resources.
Thanks, Larry. I figured you'd appreciate the do-more-with-less aspect!
:-) I've been furloughed since the start of September so my new
equipment budget is non-existent. Total extra expenses outlay for this
shoot: $30, for the umbrella and some drugstore rechargeable AA's.
(Which crapped-out, btw. D'oh!) I badly need an incident light meter,
but that must wait.
>> Comments gratefully received.
> Very nice use of shadows on the backdrop in this one:
> Please explain how you did it so that I can steal it.
Heh! Well, sure. :-) It was a completely spur of the moment idea, but
inspired by stuff I've seen Joe McNally do (like in The Hotshoe Diaries).
I used an Ikea 3-panel free-standing room divider that was in the living
room / studio. It's a wooden glossy black affair that forms a lattice of
roughly two-inch squares (which are impossible to dust, btw). Has a few
decorations hanging from it which I left in place. I positioned the
divider so it was standing at roughly 90 degrees to the white wall
behind the model. I set up a flash on a tripod out in the hall, about
6-8 feet away from the divider. I snooted the flash with a foot-long
rolled-up piece of black paper and aimed it so it would fire through the
divider and cast a shadow on the wall behind the model, who btw was
standing about 4 feet from the wall.
I did a couple of test shots of just the wall to establish how that
would look. The flash was set to about 1/2 power 'cause I wanted a
Then I setup the main flash in the umbrella on a light stand
camera-right and about 6ft up, pointing right at Tina's face at about 45
degrees to her. Took a few shots while adjusting the power, and got
this one you saw. I don't recall the final power ratio, but it was
something like 1/8; enough to see the subject but not wash out the
Finally, during PP in ACR I added a gradient to reduce the exposure
towards the left so it looks like it's receding into the distance.
There ya go. Enjoy! :-)
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