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Old Dec 17, 2006, 3:05 PM   #1
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I have a simple question:

What is the ussual position of the umbrella (in my case with off camera flash mounted under umbrellato difusion the light) for portrait or modeling photography.

Is there some rules how to make the best position of the umbrella to have a good light set up...

What are the differances when changing a position of the umbrella...

I would appriciate your input or some links where to learn...

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Old Dec 17, 2006, 8:39 PM   #2
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I'm FAR from experienced, and I've just started using my in home studio setup with 2 umbrellas and one back light in the past few months. I'm using 2 umbrellas in front of the subject, abour 4-5 feet away, at a 45 degree angle to the subject. I use a chromkey backdrop, and remove it using PhotoShop Elements 5.0. The subject is 3-4 feet away from the back ground. From my reading, the umbrellas should ber at eye level, or slightly above the subject. The fyrther back the umbrellas are, the more power will be needed, and the wider the light will disperse. There are some great links in the first post in this forum, lots of reading. I've gotten a few books that are quite good, one is "Digital portrait photohgraphy and lighting, taking memorable shots eery time." by Catherine Jamieson and Sean McCormick. I've attached a picture I've posted before using the lighting layout described above. It's of out middle son.


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Old Dec 18, 2006, 7:30 AM   #3
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Thank you very much for input.

The most thing that I was interested is the hight of the Umbrella.

I see that in some TV station when showing a videos from photographers that position of the Umbrella could be a little higher that I was thinking...like pretty above the head and umbrella is turned down. WHy? What is the ecffect of such hight.

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Old Dec 18, 2006, 9:09 AM   #4
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Placing the light source higher will create an effect under the nose called butterfly lighting, which casts shadows under the nose, and defines the subject. If they're placed directly at the subject, there are no shadows. Here's an interesting article I have read regarding this, and other lighting examples:

http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=008bWl

And, here's another:

http://www.alienbees.com/johnsonarticle.html

Hope these help answer your questions!
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 6:23 PM   #5
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http://adorama.webphotoschool.biz/Ho...las/index.html
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 11:40 PM   #6
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Thanks Mr. Kalypso,

it was just rightthing that I was wanted to find...

excellenteducation lesson....

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Old Dec 19, 2006, 12:25 AM   #7
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Lots of lighting information and how-to's to be found at studiolighting.net
http://www.studiolighting.net/studio...rce-episode-1/

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