In this session I was determined to create images using only 3 light sources.
- On camera flash, which was primary light source for most of these images.
- The IceLight a constant light source.
- Available light.
My intent was to use these 3 light sources to place limitation on my options which in turn pushed my creative muscles. With these 3 light sources the subject placement and posing were very critical.
I have always used on camera flash at events, but I wanted to use this light source to create some amazing portraits of our subject Natasha Wiley. The problem with on camera flash is that if used incorrectly, the resulting image would appear flat with no depth. The other problem with this light source is the flash is not controlled, the light bounces all over the room. With these problems in mind, I was able to apply solutions that involved both the light source and our subject being posed in a manner that provided depth and dimension to the image.
Using the IceLight is a wonderful tool as it helps to eliminates the need to guess where and how the light falls on the subject. Please note, you don't need an IceLight to achieve these result, you can use any video light or any constant light source. That said, the IceLight is my go to tool that helps me work quickly and efficiently. I only use the IceLight in the image with the light particles on the left side of the image.
The ambient light similar to the IceLight, helps me see the results immediately. The challenge with ambient light is the color temperature of the light source and getting the settings in camera correct to ensure the light looks appropriate on the subject. Using the ambient light helps me to achieve unique results as it sometimes provides amazing quality of light which I may not have thought about creating with my standard light shaping tools. For example, the images below with the light forming the triangle shape in the background of the subject was simply amazing to me and I had to create an image using that light.
Natasha Wiley as I mention above was our subject for this shoot. I have worked with Natasha in the pass during fashion shows, but never on a full photo session. Natasha is simply an awesome person to work with, amazingly talented and humble. She was very patient with me as I worked through all the various lighting scenarios. Thank you for trusting me and I look forward to working with you again in the future.
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