Sunday, November 13, 2011

Photo of the day: Eastwood. Kathy Eastwood.

Our fifth class in studio lighting was all about "multi-light setups." We practiced with key lights and secondaries, different placements of the lights, hair lights, reflectors, background spotlights with screens and gels. At the end of the class, after playing with all of the usual setups for an hour and a half, I grabbed one of the unused backdrops and a pair of lights and asked Kathy, the manager of the studio, to model for me. I had a particular "look" I wanted to figure out. It took me a while to get it right, but in the end, wow! Here's the result. I wanted a dramatic look, well-lit but with deep shadows on the face. I only had a vague notion in my mind of what it might look like. I started with two lights, one on either side of my model, then played around with different intensities. Finally, I moved the lights behind Kathy by about 20 degrees on both sides -- and voila, there it was! I asked Kathy to give me her best Clint Eastwood, and the result is phenomenal. I'll let you judge for yourself, but I'm super-pleased with it.

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