Yesterday I tried a new approach to facial lighting while shooting portraits. I wanted to bring out the beast in my model so I decided to give scissorlighting a shot, and I think it turned out great. This is not a standard approach when it comes to setting up your lights but in this case I think it worked quite well. For this technique you’ll need two sources of hard light, I used my 800W redheads. The photo was shot with a Canon 700D using the 50mm f1.8 lens (wide open) and a .3 ND filter.
The idea is to shine the light on the sides of the face, slightly from the back of your model. The model is placed in the center where the two lights cross. Here’s a sketch:
I shot my portraits in RAW so I had a lot of wiggle room in Photoshop. Which light setup is your favourite when lighting for portraits? Drop me a comment – I’d love to know.
Model Marcus Witold Piorkowski is a talented musician and filmmaker. You can check out his portfolio here and listen to his music on Spotify.
Yesterday I went to a lake in a small community called Hyllinge to get some better photos of a treehouse I Instagrammed about a year ago. I knew I was going for some black and white shots, mainly because of the doomey weather combined with the uneven angles of the treehouse. I thought the shot of the structure against the lake would be my best (and only) shot for the day (since Hyllinge isn’t the center of the visual world really), but I was lucky enough to catch a man fishing which turned out to be the better photo. As I left I noticed some flowers growing on the roof a little cabin, something you don’t see everyday. I felt lucky because this way I could shoot the flowers comfortably from below, catching some light in a different way than normally, and I even liked to colours enough to keep them. No matter what you’re planning, you just don’t know what you’ll end up with as you step out the door with a camera.
Just some quick seaside snaps from Råå (Helsingborg, Sweden) – went pretty hard on the sliders as far as contrast goes.
I had a meeting in town this morning so I thought I’d take the chance to get some photos of town before everything’s up and running. You know it’s summer when regular people are out smoking and drinking at 9 a.m.
Having kids is a hard work. They drive me nuts, daily, both of them. The chores never end, and I’m quite amazed that our washing machine hasn’t exploded yet. Anyways, the point I’m trying to make here is that you need some sort of outlet, no matter what it is that drives you crazy sometimes. My passion is film but at the moment, I don’t really have the time for it. Schools out for the summer and I don’t always work, so as I mentioned in my previous post “The lay of the land” , I’m trying to improve my photographic skills, especially when it comes to landscape photography.
I try to find some time on days like this one to just go, somewhere, and get inspired by my surroundings. Today I took the smaller roads and ended up in some random spots. Nic Cave provided the soundtrack today. I came home with a 150 shots and these are the ones that really worked for me today. But mainly, I got to clear my head a bit – and that’s what mattered today. Plus I got to try out some vintage m42 prime lenses (Mirage 135 / Tokina 35 / Makinon 28) which have been sitting in my bag for a while just waiting to be put to work.
“If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air, quaint little villages here and there” – Groove armada 1997
Today me and Oliver (my son – almost 4) went to Malmö to pick up a second 20″ Apple cinema display from a guy who obviously didn’t have a clue about it’s worth (since he sold it for around $30) as he posted the ad online (something he found out when it was too late and the deal was made). We celebrated with ice cream and spent an extra hour on the highway waiting for a car crash to be cleaned up. It was hot as hell but at least I had the camera with me and Oliver didn’t seem to mind the long wait since he got to press and pull whatever he wanted in the driver seat.
Here’s some of the footage I wrote about in my previous ink in water post. I did some tweaking in Premiere Pro with the levels, and made a upside down version in black and white as well.
If you find any use for this type of stuff feel free to download it and use it however you see fit (there’s a download option if you watch the videos on Vimeo). Should work fine as top layers if you play around with the blending modes. In case you’re wondering what I’m on about here just watch this tutorial.
If you do happen to use this footage send me a link so I can check it out just for kicks.