20110614 – Broad lighting
During this session, we threw together the setup as shown above.
This three light setup consists of:
- The first light is a key light.
Usually this is the strongest light and this light sets the lighting of the scene.
We used a medium softbox camera-right, set at half power.
- The second light is called a fill light.
This light helps fill the shadows that the main light casts.
This was behind the subject, camera-left.
- The last light is called a backlight (because it comes from the back), and is used to create a contour and separation.
It is common to use a snoot or a gridspot on the backlight to avoid a spill.
We actually just used a flash-head from high up, with some small directional cone…(unsure of name).
An interesting webpage to read might be:
A great video on YouTube is:
The video discusses:
- Rembrant – signified by triangular highlight on models cheek, light is 45 degrees off centre, infront of the model, camera left
- Butterfly – signified by the butterfly shaped shadow under the models nose, glamorous in appearance, the light is 90 degrees off centre high up pointing downwards
- Edge – this is very dramatic, light is the same height as the model, at 0 degrees to centre (same plane as the model)