Studio lighting is becoming predictable. All the more reason to leave no stone unturned while experimenting with your lighting. Daniel Norton breaks out something that you won’t quite associate with still photography—a spotlight:
The Altman Spotlight has been modified to work with a Speedotron Pack.
The idea was to project the light through a small hole punched on a black card—a sort of DIY gobo. It made a light the size of a quarter.
Norton aimed the light toward one of the model’s eyes.
This highlighted her eye, bringing out all the beautiful blue color.
Norton used a Profoto D2 as a backlight to create a beautiful rim light against a black background.
The model was also wearing black. The idea was to create an extremely low key image with the focus on the model’s eye and the shape of her head standing out against the background.
The fact that the Spotlight is a modelling light means that it could be aimed back and forth and the beam of light could be focused precisely.
This is a great reminder to experiment with lighting. You could get a beautiful look that sets you apart from the crowd.
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