Hey fellow photographer, how's it going?
I'm Michael Zelbel.
Today I would like to show you a onelight setup.
A set up with just one speedlight
and it will look like you used many more lights
and you are shooting in a very posh studio.
but you actually don't.
Now what we are going to have a look at today is
a classic clamshell lighting.
This clamshell light makes for a look which a lot of people really love
and currently it's getting very very popular again in all sorts of magazines.
So typically this is done with three to four light sources
when you are shooting professionally in a studio.
But we will use just exactly one and it will look just as fine.
Our subject today model Fredau.
And she is ideal for that.
She is not only looking stunningly beautiful,
but she is also someone who is pretty skinny, very skinny
and she has got strong facial features.
And that is ideal for us to demonstrate
the quality of this particular lighting set up.
Because one of the qualities is,
that you do not have a lot of fall off to the sides
and to the back over here.
So if you have a model at a 45 degree angle
you see the nose is correctly exposed
while the ear and the hair which are much more in the background
and much more way off to the side, they are still correctly exposed.
There is no big fall off which
basically means you can shoot models in
strange poses and strange angles.
You can shoot models with interesting facial features,
and you don't end up with ugly shadows,
like an ugly nose shadow or anything.
It's a very good and flexible sort of lighting set up
and at the same time it's still three dimensional.
Now if you have a look underneath her chin and over here at the cheek
there are some sorts of shadows.
So it does cause a dimension, it does read.
And over here you've got highlights on the nose
but it's all so subtle that, you know, its just beautiful.
It will never destract no matter what pose she is going into.
I see over here is a reflection on her hair
that is just awesome.
So let's dive into it, let's have a look on how it is actually done.
So we have a white wall in the background
and it doesn't need to be a nice wall.
In our case we just used a wall
which was roughly painted white,
there is a lot of cracks in there and there is no wall paper.
But it really doesn't matter.
The model is standing in front of the wall
and the main light is coming through a big
shoot through umbrella above just front above model.
It's pointing towards her face at 45 degrees.
And as a light source I used a speedlight
with guide number 58 on one quarter of its power.
The fill light is coming from a silver reflector,
Silver, because I want to have a lot of fill.
As much fill as possible. The reflector is roughly at 45 degrees
pointing towards her face.
And the angle of this reflector will determine
how much or not so much fill light we actually have.
So it's worth experimenting a bit.
In my case I had the light stand over here
and the reflector was on the lower end
laying on the table.
And the upper end was leaning against the light stand
so that it kept staying in this angle.
The camera is shooting through the crack between
the umbrella and the reflector.
My camera was set to ISO 320.
The ISO is a bit higher,
because I didn't want to stress this one single speed light too much,
which is delivering all the light for the scene.
And f/8 to have a little bit of sharpness
to show you really how the light is behaving
in and around her face.
The distances are very small
so this is a set up which fits into a very tiny small space
as a model is just 3 feet away from the wall
and the main light is just at 7 feet hight,
on a seven feet light stand.
That is pretty compact and it is really good.
One quality is for instance that you don't need
the extra light for the wall.
Of course there are shadows happening
because there's one strong main light and that is sitting on the subject
and she is throwing shadows.
But shadows are below, they are going down.
They are not really attached to her body.
So it's always looking great, alrighty.
So that's it for today.
I hope you will have fun with this lighting set up.
Try it out. Click the light button and also the plus one button on this video
come back next time.
I wish you a lot of fun with this particular lighting set up.
I wish you good light.