October 2, 2007

The ten minute, three light portrait.

It's 1:45 p.m. you have four subjects a robot car and ten minutes. What do you do? First, remember there are two exposures to every photograph - the foreground and the background exposure. By the way, the background is green, so gel it. Now that you're gellin work on the foreground light. One SB at camera right, too harsh. Use an umbrella. New problem: the umbrella is softer but it doesn't give you the coverage on the right side of the frame. The fix is easy and elegant. Along with the background light now you can add separation by putting a light behind the subjects and to camera left. It acts as a hair light and a fill on their right side. Now compose and try to get an emotion that looks High School Robotics Club. Voila!

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