Lighting schemes ought to all the time have a objective, whether or not it is to flatter a consumer, present the small print in a product, or create a temper. On this fantasy portrait, my objective was each to flatter the mannequin and to create a way of place. Let’s speak about the way it was achieved.

For fairly some time, I felt impressed by the thought of a moon goddess. She could be luminous, and the moon would shine adoringly down on her. I wished her bathed in mild, however nonetheless a bit mysterious. She needs to be beautiful, however enigmatic. As soon as I knew precisely what I wished, the large query was: the place would I place my lights to make this occur? On this situation, the sunshine place that made essentially the most sense to me was immediately overhead and barely in entrance of the mannequin with a kicker behind and barely above. I selected this place for a number of causes, however an important have been these: the scene wanted to really feel like nighttime, the sunshine wanted to seem like coming from the moon, and I wished her to glow.

I allowed one mild to do most of the heavy lifting. As you may see within the diagram, one giant mild supply, a sixty-inch Westcott Speedy Field, was boomed immediately over and barely in entrance of the mannequin. This gave me downward mild route that carved out my mannequin’s options, however for the reason that heart of the massive modifier was in entrance of the mannequin and she or he was sitting on a stool, the sunshine bounced again up into the shadows and gave me sufficient fill to maintain every part open. The second, smaller mild was used as a hair mild and added only a little bit of rim mild to her uncovered shoulders, guaranteeing the mannequin would pop off the darkish backdrop.

Right here is a picture that reveals the place of the hair mild, transformed to black and white so the sunshine is the primary focus of the picture

This two mild overhead setup gave me precisely the look I hoped for: a glowing moon goddess bathing in celestial mild. The picture was completed by including some coloration distinction to the highlights and some distant stars to finish the sense of place.

Have you ever used the same mild setup? What did you consider it?


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