- April 15th, 2011
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Just thought I’d share this. I did a tattoo shoot with a few models a couple of days ago. Most of the photos are done using a single battery flash – in this case a manual flashgun and a radio trigger on top of a basic light stand. This was bare bulb for the low key shots, no light modifiers, except a snoot. Post processing using just Adobe Lightroom 3.0.
Just goes to show that you don’t need huge amounts of kit and resources to get professional results if you understand how light works.
The background is a white wall, but since I’ve overpowering the daylight in the room, and not lighting much of the wall, it’s turned grey. To get the graduated look on the background the single key light lighting the model has a fall off onto the wall, and the snoot attached to it, gives me a reasonably tight pool of light. The key light is about 5ft from the Any, who’s about 5ft from the wall. If I move the light higher, the graduation of the background will go lower down the wall.
Although Amy’s blonde, she’s wearing a black hat, so by keeping the light at around 7ft high, this still sheds enough light on the background to separate out the rim of the hat, rather than it just disappearing into the top of the frame. The light is also high enough to give her a nice shadow under the chin and around her cheek which defines the shape of her face, and a small shadow around her nose gives a bit of depth as well. Read more