Hey, fellow photographer, in this video, you will learn the lighting setup which makes the human body looking very artistic. Yeah, we will do a light which shows the basic shape of a body, or the basic shape of a pose, but it does not show so much detail. Yeah this is often helpful when you want to shoot posh artistic things Yeah, today we have got model Sasah who is a real sports person. Yeah, and, she is a real sports person. Oh….oh….oh…Now I’m afraid. Let’s do a little something. Okay, now it is good again. Alright, so she will do some really artistic poses on the ground, and jumps and stuff. And we will illuminate it a little bit from the front with umbrella, yeah with front umbrella, and we will draw much more light into the background with such back umbrella. The other side will have the same setup, one umbrella front, one umbrella to the back and this will make our light really sing So, let’s try that out!
So how do you shoot the scene? It’s pretty easy. You use a big white seamless backdrop, use something for the reflection like a glass plate in the front, and you position the model at the back edge of this glass plate, so that the reflection is very much in the front. Then you compose the actual lighting sandwich, with a left bun and right bun and the model sandwich in the middle. For that, of course you use speedlights, two speedlights on each side, one speedlight pointing to the model’s side and another speedlight pointing into the background, throwing a lot of light into the background. Yeah, you go with shoot though umbrellas for all the speedlights, and the camera controls are like this. I choose F-11, you could choose F-16 or something, but I wanted to blur the background a little bit because it was so dirty. And this is also the reason why I choose to overexpose the back speedlights by three F stops, TTL on +3. Usually we would get away with +1 to have a white background really come in white and not neutral gray, but this background, it was so dirty, so incredibly dirty, that I said, go to +3, burn it away as good as possible, then I don’t have to clean it up so much in Photoshop. Okay, that’s already it, pretty simple, pretty straight forward.
Now let’s use a top secret Hollywood action movie imaging trick. You are asking your model to jump right through the center of your lighting sandwich and then there is a secret function in Hollywood, uh, in Photoshop, in Edit- Transform – Rotate 90 degrees. Boom! Now she is falling into, uh, into nowhere. You add a little bit gradient to the background. Now she is falling into the light. Isn’t that spectacular? Just keep it between the two of us. Don’t tell anybody that you know it and we have ever did it, all right?
Alright, so this worked very well and I think the big take-away, actually two take-aways are point A: When you reverse the lighting context, yeah, when you put your subject into shade and background into light, it grabs the viewers’ attention. And the other big take-away is, if you are silhouetting your subject, you communicate the shape, rather than some detail. Alright, I hope this is helpful and you can use it and hope to see you in next video. Good light!