Use a single light in a creative portrait
having such a generous assortment of locations and lighting gear along with three excellent models meant that we had an incredible amount of
creative options. The only luxury we didn’t have was time, so keeping things simple for the final ‘creative lighting’ challenge was important.
To enable himself to work quickly, Simon stuck with a single light for this moody motion-blur study. “I was looking to capture elements of movement to create a sensitive portrait without the hard edges, a bit like an Impressionist painting,” he reveals.
Simon set up the light at the back of the room and pointed it directly in line with Beth and himself. With his 5D Mark III set to Manual mode and partial metering (Canon’s slightly-larger-than-spot metering mode), he dialled in an slow shutter speed and adjusted the aperture and ISO accordingly. “This is the kind of set-up I find really exciting,” he says. “The results have an air of unpredictability due to the long exposure.”
Kit Canon EOS 5D Mark III with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens Exposure 0.3 sec at f/13, ISO 400