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Old Oct 9, 2003, 4:51 PM   #1
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Default How do you acheive this kind of effect???

I've seen quite a few of these style of portraits lately, but am curious on how this can be achieved. Is it done with lightings or filters??? Here's a sample gallery.



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Old Oct 13, 2003, 2:10 PM   #2
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Most of those pictures are taken with 3 lights (flash heads or monolight), could be a combination of both umbrella and soft box, another word, the photographer may use one flash head with soft box as key light, and use another one for fill light with white umbrella, and the third light he uses a background light or hair light depending on what effect he wants for the final picture. Some of these picture have the lighting ratio of 1:1, that means the distance of the key light and fill light are the same, to change the lighting radio, simply just move the fill light further away from the subject, if the distance of the fill light is twice the distance of the key light from the subject, you would have the ratio of 2:1 and so on. Sometimes you want to fill in and eliminate all the shadow, sometimes you want to just fill in enough but don't want to wash out the shadow, sometime you do want to emphasize the shadow for another reason, some monolight heads do have the lighting control switch and you can reduce the light radio by using this feature and still achieve the lighting ratio you want to. Some of the pictures in here, the photographer want to use the highlight technique to achieve the pure white color of the dress on bright back ground, this technique usually found on the Minolta handheld meter. Most of other effects to sandwich the subject to other background can be done in post processing using photoshop software...cheers
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Old Nov 8, 2003, 7:54 PM   #3
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When viewing a portrait look closely at the subject's eyes. They usually reflect the photographer's lighting technique. i only viewed on of the pictures in the attatched site. It clearly showed that the photgrapher used a "bank light" or "softbox" close to the subject. That is his main light. That was placed to the right of the camera. He or she then had either another on the other side or used a large white card (reflecter) on his/her left. That would serve as the fill light. The photos were taken on a "no seam" or "seemless" paper backgound. This is a roll of paper that is nine feet wide available in many colors. The light on the background could have been placed behind the paper or on the camera side. If it was on the camera side the light is travelling through a tube or cone shaped "snoot" these can be purchased or made of cardboard. The technique requires considerable testing to get the ratios between the lights correct. If you are seriously trying to copy this techique there are many great books on lighting technique. Good luck..bk
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Old Feb 25, 2004, 3:11 PM   #4
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if the distance of the fill light is twice the distance of the key light from the subject, you would have the ratio of 2:1 and so on
Correct me if I'm wrong, but according to the inverse sqare law, if you double the distance you are getting 1/4 of the light so it would be a 4:1 ratio
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