I’d like some ideas on play­ing with light­ing on my model’s face please

Sylvie Sey­mour, Gi­bral­tar

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Jace replies

Warm, soft light­ing can be cre­ated in a lot of dif­fer­ent ways. Sharp light­ing as cre­ated by the sun dur­ing the mid­day hours re­flects in the skin a bit dif­fer­ently than softer light­ing cre­ated at dif­fer­ent times of day or by other sources of light.

In this ex­am­ple I chose my light source to be an ar­ti­fi­cial light, such as a light bulb. This type of light­ing will not only be warm but, since it’s also dif­fused, there won’t be many sharp shad­ows be­ing cast on the face, which cre­ates a nice, soft mood. An­other im­por­tant com­po­si­tional as­pect to keep in mind when cre­at­ing a scene like this is colour con­trast and bal­ance. To fo­cus on the warm light­ing there needs to also be cooler shades present to re­ally push the warm over­all at­mos­phere.

The girl’s face in our ex­am­ple will be the warm sec­tion and her hair will con­trast that with a nice cool colour scheme. This ex­am­ple was cre­ated us­ing Pho­to­shop us­ing both hard and soft Round brushes.

Here our model is un­der the hard mid­day sun. This light­ing has a strong vis­ual im­pact with its cast shad­ows and bright high­lights, but no mood… This ex­am­ple is the same fig­ure, but un­der an ar­ti­fi­cial light such as a light bulb, can­dle or fire. The shad­ows are dif­fused and the over­all tone is warm, cre­at­ing a very sen­sual mood.

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