In this weeks kit list is:
Camera - Canon 80D
Lens - Canon 24mm prime
Tripod - Manfrotto Compact Entry Pod
Lights - Aputure AL-528S Amaran LED Light
The light setup
How that we have a dark enough room we can begin to play with our lights to find the mood that we want for our portraits.
The angle of the light will play a huge part in how your subject looks in the final image.
High angled light
This light will cast big shadows from the brow of the forehead, nose and chin causing features like eyes to be concealed in shadow. This can make your subject seem quite sinister.
Low angled light
Will highlight all the features of the subjects face. These can be lighter, friendlier images.
This is more of a neutral light and will illuminate one side of the face and cause the other to be completely lost in the shadows.
You will want to tweak your lighting around and play with each of these setups. Perhaps even find a halfway point between a low/side angle to see what effect that creates.
Time to play
Now that we've played with the light to see how it affects the image we will now want to begin changing our body to match the mood of the image we are trying to create.
I played with entering the frame from the side, rising up into the shot from below and emerging from the shadows at the back of the shot.
Another way to add mood to the images is the addition of colour.
I used gels on my lights so that I could match a colour to my photo's mood. Reds, Greens and Blues all have a dramatically different impact on the final result.
Stencils, Gobos, Snoots and Grids...Oh my!
To anyone else Stencils, Gobos, Snoots and Grids are just ways that photographers control light either entering the camera or being cast onto the subject.
For my images I used a colander and placed it in front of my light.
The effect created a circular pattern across my face that again really changed the mood of the image.
If you have a more specific shape in mind then another trick would be to create a stencil by cutting out your desired shape from a length of cardboard and holding it over the light.
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