Lighting Tutorial No. 1
This was a fairly simple 2-light lighting setup, but was able to deliver the impact that I was after. The hardest part of this type of look is getting the light-source relatively large enough to give those smooth gradients and narrow shadows. To achieve this your light needs to be very large or very close to your subject. (Remember, the relative size of your light to your subject is inversely related to its distance from your subject. Further=smaller.) I also made use of some “negative fill” to the right of the frame to make sure those shadows were very dark, creating contrast. Finally, a small amount of light was kicked off a reflector onto the background in order to give it some texture. Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldwidephotographic/3762213033/ for the full image.
J R Bernstein
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