Recently I arranged a shoot just for fun. To quote one of my favorite perfomers (Eddie Izzard) – who can live at that speed??? I have become a member of an online community called Model Mayhem. This community allows photographers, models, designers, makeup artists, hairstylists and others to connect.
A word about ANY online forum/community – BUYER BEWARE. There are many fine, upstanding citizens out there using these forums, with no harm, no foul. However, flip that rock over and out will crawl lesser mortals and lower creatures….and you can get slimed. Use your common sense and listen to the little bells and whistles sounding off in your own wee noggin.
Anywho, the lovely young lady in the image above approached me to update her portfolio. I agreed and we were off to the races. After many and sundry emails exchanged back and forth, we both finally settled on a ‘look’. Dark and sophisticated with touches of Gotham City thrown in for fun.
I decided to use a basic two light, low key setup. See diagram below:
The Gobo (a large sheet of black foam board held in place alternately by a background stand with arm and the subject’s friend) was placed between the key light and the background (in this case seamless black paper) to keep the light off the background, allowing it to go completely dark. By using two lights, the subject is completely lit and does not disappear into the background. In this type of lighting setup, try to move the subject as far away from the background as possible.
There is an alternate way to light this, still using two lights, but placing one behind the subject and aimed at them. See Below:
Here are some other shots from the session. Click on each image to see it larger:
And finally, I just fell in love with this image and couldn’t resist post processing it like a slightly twisted ‘beauty shot’:
To see any of the images larger, just click on them.
For more lighting tutorials, see these articles: