Monthly Archives: September 2013

Low-Key Portrait Lighting Demo

Today’s lab session was held over in our Photo Services studio. We worked on low-key portrait lighting as a dramatic departure from traditional portraiture lighting. Below are some samples from the demo, along with a lighting diagram.

In this shot, I set the two softboxes in back to create a rimlight effect around the subject. © Terry Ownby.

In this shot, I set the two softboxes in back to create a rimlight effect around the subject. © Terry Ownby.

Next, we brought in a medium softbox from camera right and set the power for a 4:1 ratio (about 2 f-stops lower than back rim lights). © Terry Ownby

Next, we brought in a medium softbox from camera right and set the power for a 4:1 ratio (about 2 f-stops lower than back rim lights). Thanks to Ed Ritterbush for volunteering! © Terry Ownby

With the lights in place, I convinced Miriam Simper Dance to get in the hot seat! © Terry Ownby.

With the lights in place, I convinced Miriam Simper Dance to get in the hot seat! © Terry Ownby.

Without moving light and just having Miriam turn, we created another dramatic view. This lighting setup is versatile for dramatic portraits. © Terry Ownby.

Without moving light and just having Miriam turn, we created another dramatic view. This lighting setup is versatile for dramatic portraits. © Terry Ownby.

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Studio Orientation

Today my Photo Communication class was given their studio orientation at the University’s Photo Services studio. We are fortunate to have their studio open to our students, since we have no actual studio dedicated to our Photo Media program. Below are a few snapshots of my students listing to the staff photographer explain using the flash equipment.

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