After shooting for some time your desire to light smaller and smaller eventually comes into play. You need to own more lights, stands and accessories. It’s hard to set and tweak everything yourself. An assistant is definitely a big help when using several small light sources.
I love small lights sources but the only problem is they are so narrow the models really can’t move much. So their poses must stay in such a way the model doesn’t loose their light. The problem with this is that a new model is inexperienced at modeling to the main light and can’t work a narrow zone.
So I would use small light sources for more experienced models as they can still give me variety and know how to model to the main light. Case in point Derrick.
Derrick came on Wednesday with his girlfriend Andi. While talking with him I found out he modeled, well I wasn’t going to let that go to waste. I set this up while Andi was in makeup. I happened to have my friend and fellow photographer, Erick Leskinen at the studio, so he gave me a hand. I asked Derrick to keep his head tipped down for a fierce look and to keep his hair messy. He was wearing a t-shirt with writing on it that I didn’t want to feature. This is why I chose the small light sources. I have a lot of female wardrobe but no male wardrobe at all, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me.
Small light sources can be frustrating and time consuming. In a lot of ways for me, not that gratifying because the model isn’t moving much. Understanding the importance of shadow not just getting properly exposed images is just a natural transition in a photographers journey I think.
So grid grid grid…
- This lighting setup consists of six lights, all gridded
- Main light is a Profoto magnum, camera right
- 7″ reflector sitting on the floor aimed at his left jaw as an extremely low fill
- Blue rim light is a small strip box with diffusion and baffle
- Two background 7″ reflectors, gelled, blue and red
- HMI focusing light, camera left