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HBRstudios 3:32pm, 11 January 2009
Here are the lighting diagrams from the multiple light set-up we started with at Saturday's strobist meeting. Now before you say that any of these lights are "unflattering" or "wrong" or "You shouldn't have done...." just remember that this is for the purpose of seeing the different types of light with different angles and the effects of them on a rudimentary portrait. Oh, and I added the vignette for dramatic effect.

Set up #1 with a medium softbox slightly higher than Amanda's head.

LightingSetup

And the results are:

Amanda_Strobist_(1_of_5)

Add a catch light in the form of an 18" beauty dish (which also adds a small amount of fill light in the shadows.

LightingSetup

And you get this:

Amanda_Strobist_(2_of_5)

Then we added a hightlight from high up above with a grid spot attachment to narrow the beam.

LightingSetup

And the results:

Amanda_Strobist_(3_of_5)

Then an "accent" light (not exactly a kicker, I would say,) of a diffused speedlight through an umbella.

LightingSetup

And this is the way it looked. (By the way, I would have liked to have had these further behind the subject and the background further behind as well, but we only had so much space.)

Amanda_Strobist_(4_of_5)

Lastly, another "accent" light through another type of softbox/translucent umbrella hybrid (I believe it ended up being the same amount of light as the main, but I could be mistaken.)

LightingSetup

And we have all 5 going:

Amanda_Strobist_(5_of_5)
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maxcaven 9 years ago
I've always understood the 'catchlight' to be the light in the eyes from your lighting. Am I wrong in thinking that? Wouldn't that catch light be the fill instead?
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maxcaven 9 years ago
Oh wait you did call it a fill. Haha. Sorry I read that on my iPhone, must have missed it
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Drew C 9 years ago
i think this is great. i've been meaning to do a light by light breakdown but figured it wasn't worth it due to all the additive spill happening in a cramped room. looks like it was kept to a minimum here.
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HBRstudios 9 years ago
Oh, there is a bit of spill -- along with not being able to get the lights at optimum angles, etc.

But it will give you an idea of what it out there. From that, it is up to the photograper's eye and creativity to create an image that uses the light for maximum effect.
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JustinSinks 9 years ago
Thanks for putting these together Brian!
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