I shot a few portraits at the Imaging Show yesterday. Simple portraits with just two lights.
You can do that too. All you need is:
- a few lights (in this case two umbrella-fired Bowens 500 Ws strobes),
- a light meter,
- a cable or pocketwizard,
- and a camera.
I used the 24-70 lens but would have preferred my 70-200mm lens.
As you can see there, it is all about what you do NOT light. That was lit with just one light through an umbrella, with no reflectors.
And one more, showing the importance of body language:
- The camera was of course on manual, at f/5.6 at 1/125th second and 100 ISO.
- Make sure Auto ISO is disabled.
- Make sure you get catch lights in the eyes.
- Move the model away from the backdrop if you can.
Portraiture is fun, and simple portraits like this are in everyone’s reach. Even if perhaps the “Avatar meets Cirque Du Soleil”-models are not (thanks Melony for that apt description).