Use a sin­gle light in a cre­ative por­trait

Digital Camera World - - SHOOTOUT - S imon

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

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