Studio Workshop

To help us understand the studio equipment, and to learn different lighting techniques, we were given a number of studio workshops with different tasks set. All of the following images were taken using a shutter speed of 125, so that the flashes were synced correctly with the camera. The iso was also set on 200. A light meter was used to set the aperture on each image.

This first image is a basic set up using only a single soft-box. The subject was lit from a 45 degree angle, with a medium flash setting. You can see the areas of the face that the box illuminates, but the light isn’t too harsh, as the box disperses the light across the subject. We light metered the face of the subject, to get an aperture of f11.

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The next image is the subject being lit by a soft-box from the left side, with a white reflector placed on the right side. The result of this is that the right side of the subjects face is strongly illuminated, including the background, but the left side is more naturally illuminated. This creates an interesting effect, and highlights the subjects features more than the previous image. We decided to use the same aperture of f11 as before, so that we can see the difference in the images.

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The next image is similar to the one before, but instead of a white reflector it’s a black reflector/flag. This has the effect of darkening one side of the subjects face, and highlighting the features of the face even more. Aperture as again f11.

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In the next image, we used some props to create more interesting images. We also used a Snoot, which creates a more direct spot of light onto the subject, with no diffuser. This has the effect of a very direct harsh light. As you can see there is a strong shadow behind the subject, and the face is very strongly lit. We light metered the subjects face to get an aperture reading of f16, which shows that the light is much brighter than IMG_9594


In this next image, we attempted to remove the shadow from behind the subject. We set up two soft-boxes behind the subject to illuminate the backdrop, we light metered this which came to f11. This meant we had reduce the power of the snoot to compensate for the lower aperture.

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In this final image, we used something called a honeycomb adapter. This is an adapter for the lights that is made out of honeycombed plastic, which directs the light and reduces spill. To get an interesting effect, we placed the light behind the subject (The attaching arm can be removed in post production) and then pointed a fan at the subjects face. This gave a very interesting effect. We also had a softbox set up in front of the subject, with a power rating that was less than the light behind. This would give a glowing effect around the subject’s head.


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