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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sparkling Beauty Lighting – Part 2

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This is the second of a two-part beauty lesson. To see the first part, click here.

More Drama
After finishing with the first model, I decided to take my approach a step further by making the whole look more dramatic. With this second model, I wanted the styling to be more edgy and less romantic. So I changed the quality of the lighting to match this change in creative direction.

For the key light, I replaced the OctoDome with the TritonFlash metal reflector to give more contrast to the light and add deeper shadows. When you work with a silver reflector as the main light shaper for your key light, you need to pay extra attention to where your shadows are falling on the model’s face. A deeper shadow calls more attention to itself, so you need to make sure you are happy with exactly where the shadows are falling.

For the backlight on the backdrop, I added a blue gel to turn the silver background into a blue one. You can use any color you wish and I recommend experimenting with mixing colors to get just the right color you want. Since I was going for a winter party look, I chose a cool blue gel.

Adding a Hair Light
I also added a hair light above and behind the model to further separate her from the background, as well as to minimize any color reflection from the background falling on the model’s shoulders. If your backdrop is too close to your model, you may see the color you are using on the background tinting the model's skin. On this hair light, I attached a small LiteDome to make sure the light was soft and not too intense.

Just for Fun
Whenever time allows, I like to throw in a fun shot just to see how it comes out. This time around, I had a feeling a bright red would be a nice compliment to the blue necklace and silver dress the model was wearing. So the makeup artist quickly gave the model a nice red lip color and I changed the gel on the backlight to red. 


Sometimes you just never know what you'll end up liking best. It's always good to experiment!



Additional Equipment Used

Pocket Wizard Plus II and Plus III wireless transceivers
Drop It Modern "Mermaid" backdrop


Written and photographed by Laura Tillinghast
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On January 17, 2013 at 03:27 PM, Jim said:

Really nice 2 part lesson. Thank you, definitely lots of food for thought.

On January 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM, Mark Eddiford said:

Hi again.

Definitely giving more food for thought, & so simple to change from one to the other.

I certainly have enough Lighting kit and reflectors etc. Looking at the side view picture in this second lesson
it makes it easier to understand the distancing between back ground through to camera, which is what I was ideally after in my last comment to you.

So, well done for such good work & best of luck in the future, not that I think you’ll need it.

Yours Sincerely

Mark Eddiford

On May 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM, salvatore vergone said:

Great job, and thanks for keep us updates I always will welcome any news both for indoors and most more for outdoors lights. Feel free send news to my email address and be free also on my fans page.

On June 04, 2013 at 10:58 PM, Sampath Panditharathna said:

  Satisfied about your Lighting Explanation.You are smart for task.

On June 16, 2013 at 01:36 AM, Richard said:

Very helpfull tutorial! Can you tell me a little more about the camera was set up: which aperature, ISO etc

On July 04, 2013 at 08:45 AM, Diana said:

Thank you!  The tutorial was very helpful!

On January 02, 2016 at 02:40 AM, cosmetica groothandel said:

So thanks like this beauty light.I am happy after seen it.
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