Amateur Photographer - - Technique Environmental Portraiture -

1 Es­tab­lish the cor­rect ex­po­sure

Set the cam­era con­trols to cap­ture the am­bi­ent light be­fore in­tro­duc­ing any ad­di­tional light source. The cam­era here was set to 1/250sec at f/8, ISO 100. The aim was to place Mal­colm in the shadow be­tween the bars of re­flected light as if lit by them.

2 Key light set­ting

Set the key light to full power, as you will be com­pet­ing with a brightly lit scene. LEDs are un­likely to be too pow­er­ful in a day­light scene so this is a good start­ing point. For brighter sit­u­a­tions, the Anova PRO 2 will be ideal as it’s more pow­er­ful. Turn­ing the left hand dial will ac­ti­vate the power set­tings.

3 Light place­ment

Move the lights in close to the sub­ject un­til the cor­rect ex­po­sure is ob­tained. In this shot, one AEOS pro­duced a nice il­lu­mi­na­tion at 2-3ft away from the sub­ject’s face with a Hon­ey­comb Lou­vre at­tached. With­out this it could be po­si­tioned fur­ther away but with an un­con­trolled spread.

4 Fram­ing: por­trait

Ob­vi­ously you’ll want to frame the im­age with­out the lights in shot. In this sce­nario I have cho­sen a por­trait-shaped head shot with a touch of blue sky for in­ter­est.

5 Fram­ing: land­scape

It is of­ten re­quired in ed­i­to­rial to off­set the sub­ject to ei­ther avoid the gut­ter of the mag­a­zine or to leave room for text over the picture. This is handy in our case be­cause again we need to crop out the closely placed light, which is just off to the right of frame.

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