Following on from the LIVE Broadcast I did on my YouTube Channel yesterday, one of the question that came through was asking about the lighting set up I used in this photograph of Dustin and Daniah; models I was working with during my Pre Conference / In Depth Class at the recent Photoshop World Conference in Orlando, Florida…
The lighting set up was really simple (just how I like it) using just the one light source and the background being made up of grey seamless paper that was then made to look like a textured canvas background during the post production in Photoshop.
Below is a lighting diagram to show the set up; the light source being an Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 500 and a 135cm (50″) Elinchrom Rotalux Octa.
No additional light was added for the background; the Octa was simply feathered in such a way that some of the light spilled onto the background to light it sufficiently.
Once the lighting had been set up and metered it was then just a case of working on the posing / positioning of Dustin and Daniah.
Inspiration for the picture came from one of my Pinterest Mood Board and in particular this photograph by Mark Seliger…
This kind of shows what I mean by ‘Photograph Like a Thief’ because by that phrase I don’t mean ‘Plagiarism’ but what I mean is to take inspiration and ideas from a picture be that the lighting, the post production, the style etc… In this case it was the pose but although the final pose in my picture of Dustin and Daniah is different, it started out with them both looking at Mark Seliger’s and positioning them as close to it as possible and then we made changes…does that make sense?
In the side by side pictures below you can see another of the changes we made to make the pose much more complimentary. In A with Daniah at the front, for me it felt that it made it look as though Daniah’s head was way bigger that Dustin’s.
This was corrected by swapping them around so that Dustin was now more in the foreground and Daniah was back a little further as you can see in B.
As I mentioned at the start of this post, yesterday I did my first ever YouTube LIVE Broadcast where I went through the complete retouch of this picture of Dustin and Daniah from start to finish.
If you missed it you can still watch it over on my YouTube Channel in the Past Live Streams playlist; CLICK HERE
Also you can check out a LARGE version of the final picture over on my 500px portfolio page by CLICKING HERE
As always if you have any questions / comments feel free to make use of the comments section below but in the mean time, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here soon.