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Continuing in the studio lighting technique series of posts, today, let’s look at the effect of a background light.
A simple portrait (yes, as you see, I am my most patient model):
That was lit with one strobe in a softbox on our left. Simple, nice, soft light.
But wait. Perhaps a little more light on the background would help offset the model from the background a little better. For this, we use a speedlight, with a grid (so as to avoid the light going everywhere).
Like this, using a 430EX (similar to a Nikon SB600) fired with a Pocketwizard, and fitted with a Honl grid:
And that gives us very different light.
Now we could turn that background up, or down; or change the direction.
The point is that this allows us to play with “foreground versus background” a little. Offsetting your subject from the background is always good – dark background and light subject or light subject and dark background are both good. There’s no one way – it’s more that there are a number of ways of doing things. And by controlling liught, you control those ways.