Lindsay Adler is an achieved portrait photographer and educator, and on this 11.5-minute video she explains three completely different, versatile, and easy-to-master lighting setups utilizing a magnificence dish as the important thing gentle.
With all magnificence photographs, Adler makes some extent that to get an impressive consequence, it’s essential to have nice lighting, make-up, mannequin selection, and retouching. All 4 of these elements are necessary, however on this video, Lindsay exhibits learn how to particularly handle the lighting side.
Portrait and wonder photographers usually make the most of a magnificence dish due to the type of sunshine it produces on pores and skin. It really works by reflecting gentle off an inside plate and again out onto a reflective, curved dish and onto your topic. When correctly employed, it tasks a tender, enveloping gentle that additionally has a good stage of distinction to it: a tender look that additionally has, as Adler says, some “pop.”
Beneath are detailed explanations for 3 completely different appears made potential by the wonder dish as a key gentle.
Adler says that this setup is her go-to for making a glowing, excessive key picture that sue makes use of for showcasing skincare. To imitate this setup, you’ll want three strobes.
Step 1: Start by putting a 3×4 foot softbox immediately behind your topic. This offers you a excessive key white background and creates rim lights that wrap round your topic and superbly flatters their jawline and cheekbones.
Step 2: Add your fundamental gentle (a white magnificence dish) on a C-stand so it’s centered in entrance of your topic.
Step 3: Put a 1×4 foot strip softbox beneath your topic’s chin to fill the shadows. That is referred to as clamshell lighting.
Adler makes a notice that this specific photograph makes use of understated make-up to spotlight the “recent” and “glowing” nature of the picture.
Heat Pores and skin Look
On this setup, Adler says her purpose is to create a heat picture with a deal with healthy-looking pores and skin and hair. She sometimes makes use of a beige or cocoa-colored seamless paper background primarily based on the mannequin’s pores and skin tones. To duplicate this look, you solely will want two strobes.
Step 1: Arrange a white magnificence dish as your fundamental gentle. It may be centered or barely to the precise of the body.
Step 2: Add a strobe with a 20-degree grid to gentle the background.
Step 3: Bow or transfer the mannequin’s hair to create power or curiosity.
Adler says that this look is supposed to painting a darker, extra dramatic look that has a component of luxurious to it. She recommends a darker background, like black, for “richer” outcomes. The main target right here is on cosmetics, and making the picture look costly. To duplicate this setup, you’re going to want three or 4 strobes
Step 1: Use a centered silver magnificence dish for a bit extra distinction. Switching to silver provides extra distinction than the white does.
Step 2: Add two strip softboxes (1×4 toes) on both facet of the body as rim lights. Elevate them up tall so that they illuminate the highest the hair.
Step 3: Place a silver bounce reflector beneath the chin to brighten the shadows or contemplate a fourth strobe when you’ve got one.
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(by way of SLR Lounge)
Picture Credit: Lindsay Adler and used with permission.