Hey guys & girls
I'm pretty new to shooting portraits and I wanted some advice on trying to achieve this look
with the equipment I already have.
I have 2 speedlights (yongunos 560s), a 40inch shoot through and a small beauty dish.
Is it possible to achieve something like this by just shooting against a white wall using the equipment I already have.
I have tried testing some shots (without much success), and i've also been reading up on lighting setups.
Could anyone shed any light (pun intended) on how this was shot and how I can get a similar look?
Apr 23 13 09:18 am Link
Sunbury, Pennsylvania, US
single flash, above the camera, use a bracket, so it's not on camera...and a defuser to soften the light..
the catchlight in her eyes tells you a lot...
Apr 23 13 09:27 am Link
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
And the almost total absence of shadows.
Apr 23 13 10:20 am Link
Crystal Lake, Illinois, US
Pretty much straight on slightly high flat light on the subject. Pull them away from the wall a bit to minimize shadow. If you have a secondary light source on the wall, like the sun, you just balance the exposure out with the flash using the shutter speed.
Apr 23 13 10:30 am Link
Thanks for the replies guys
I did look at the catchlight, but I really had no idea that you could get a a result like this using just one flash with a diffy.
I think it was the complete lack of shadows that made me think that there must be more than one light source.
I will try your suggestion retphoto and see what kind of results i get
Apr 23 13 10:33 am Link
Palm Springs, California, US
a beauty dish will be too harsh of light for this look. If you have access to an umbrella or soft box that is much better.
The light is above the photographer's head in the 12 o'clock position (as before mentioned about looking at the catchlights) probably about 4-5 feet from the subject, but there is also a white reflector to the left. If you notice the light coming in on the models right arm from the left hand side of the frame.
There also seems to be some reflection coming from below, maybe two reflectors on the floor to add fill light. I wouldn't doubt if the model is surrounded by reflectors, or maybe just the side and two below. Possibly even a black card on the right.
If you have access to a soft box, I suggest something like a 24" x 36" for a good soft feel. For more even light use an umbrella with the strobe head bounced against the inside of the umbrella with the open part of the umbrella in the 12 o'clock position towards the model.
If you look at the shadows on the models neck you can see they are very soft, no harsh lines. This means the light came from a softer source than a beauty dish or direct flash. Even if you have to diffuse your speedlights with a white t-shirt or something, the light needs to be soft for this look.
Apr 23 13 10:37 am Link
Brooklyn, New York, US
Yes, there's a lot of fill with reflectors here. otherwise the shadows would be much darker.
Apr 23 13 10:44 am Link
Stamford, Connecticut, US
Very doable with just one light, when in doubt try to look for the catchlight and the direction of the shadows.
I did a similar image and in my case used a large umbrella (reflective side) at about 6~7ft camera right. I can't remember the settings for the flash but I believe it was something like 1/2 power and f5.6 @1/125
Hope this helps,
Apr 23 13 10:53 am Link
Wichita, Kansas, US
Results of all the PP aside, use the umbrella you have as a shoot through.
Keep in mind: In the example Hector is showing, the refelctive side of the umbrella is used and thus the light is specular, rather than diffused as in your original example.
Apr 23 13 11:06 am Link
Wow, thanks for all the replys guys.
Seems that it may be worthwhile investing in a couple of reflectors.
Any excuse to buy more stuff ehh ? =]
So I'm thinking its best that I use my shoot through umbrella to get a look like this, or alternatively get a soft box in order to get really diffused light and reflectors either side and possibly below to remove hard shadows.
Apr 23 13 12:27 pm Link
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
use the shoot through close with one speedlite - second bounced somewhere else in the room to lift shadows can help too, and/or reflectors
Apr 23 13 12:53 pm Link
Bath, England, United Kingdom
Looks like a single strip softbox used horizontally above the camera (probably on a boom) with the right hand end tilted down a bit to give fill in the shadows below the chin etc.
I would guess the light is probably less than 4' from the model's face and yes, there may well be some white flats either side for extra diffuse fill.
This was also shot with a single strip softbox but without a white background and with black flats at the sides instead of white. No fill.
Just my $0.02
Apr 23 13 02:20 pm Link
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Quick question: I have only seen the sample image on my mobile. It maybe because of the lower resolution screen but it looks like the catchlights were added in post and the background has been substracted with ps.
Chances are that its just down to the resolution of this screen though.
Apr 23 13 03:39 pm Link
Thanks for your post mate.
Apr 24 13 09:43 am Link