Studio Lighting: Part 2

Hello everyone! This week I continued working on my lighting exercise for my advanced advertising and illustration class. Instead of working with a specular light like last week, I worked with a diffused light instead.

A diffused light is larger in size than the specular light. This allows light to spread out further creating a softer tone. With the softness of this light the subject being photographed will appear to have shadows with very soft edges or no edges at all.

Just like last week I started off by setting up my subject to be photographed, a white styrofoam head. Once I had the head in position I started to set up the diffused light to achieve one of the four lighting techniques needed for the exercise.

The first lighting technique that I photographed was side lighting. I achieved this by placing the light at a 90 degree angle to the camera. This allowed half of the head to be in shadow and half of it to be highlighted.

The second lighting technique that I photographed was rembrandt lighting. I achieved this by placing the light at a 45 degree angle. This allowed for a triangle to appear on the shadow half of the head.

The third lighting technique that I photographed was butterfly lighting. I achieved this by placing the light directly behind the camera with it extended so the light was over my head. This allowed the face to appear to be slimmer.

The fourth and final lighting technique that I photographed was silhouette lighting. I achieved this by placing the light behind the head facing the camera. This allowed the background to be light, but the front of the head to be in shadow completely.

I’ll talk to you all next week!

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