#8 Con­trol the light

Practical Photography (UK) - - 10 Clicks -

Pho­tog­ra­pher Ge­orge Knox (http://cli.re/LPM1yM) had a clear idea in mind for his shoot – and a mas­ter­ful con­trol of light­ing to help him achieve it.

“I had de­cided some time ago to cre­ate a Dis­ney-style ice queen im­age. It was im­por­tant to choose a model with the cheek­bones to match the idea! I’m blessed with a very large stu­dio, with ceil­ings at least 40ft in height. My ad­justable rig has a range of lights on it, one of which is a small white 500W the­atre spot, which I can place any­where be­tween the ceil­ing and floor. I po­si­tioned it above and to my left. The an­gled head gave me the drama of her cheeks and just enough of her eyes. I de­cided to soften it by us­ing an ivory um­brella over the lens of the light. The bright­ness of the light and the f/11 ex­po­sure en­sured that the back­ground was com­pletely black. Fi­nally, I re­duced the sat­u­ra­tion in post-edit­ing to give it the feel you see here.”

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