Step Out of Darkness Lighting Tutorial
A local jewelry designer asked me to come up with something artistic for their pieces. Going through their product I really liked this long necklace and knew I wanted to do something with it. I knew i wanted the pic to be dark, so my ideas came to me pretty quickly. I wanted my model dressed in black and shot on black so that only certain parts of her skin would be visible as if walking out of a dark tunnel into light. To accomplish the lighting in this pic I used two Calumet S36 strip boxes. I tend to use these a lot on my shoots as rim lights, but for this particular shoot I knew they would be my key lights. Why strip lights? Well a few reasons. One I didn’t want the light to wrap around the model, I really wanted to isolate the light to the center of her, and using any other larger modifier would cause a lot of light wrap. The other reason was the catch-lights in the eyes. I could have boomed a light over head and gotten a similar look, but using the strip-lights on either side gave two little beams of lights in her eyes, and made her pupils appear almost “catlike.” What made it tricky was getting it just right. This was done by “feathering” the light.
Feathering is done by turning the light away from your subject, and using just the light spill from the modifier to light your subject. I turned each light about 45 degrees away from my model, which gave the look on her that was perfect, however when turning the light away, and angling them at the camera, I got some terrible flare. Two large black boards to black the light from going into the camera fixed that, and gave me my correct exposure without having much to fix in photoshop. Once in Photoshop I did frequency separation for the skin retouching then pulled it into Nik Softwares Viveza to finish everything off. Overall this image was something much different from my normal work, and I’m really happy with it!
Images and Content Contributed by Jonathan Thorpe To see more of Jonathan’s work visit his website http://jthorpephoto.com/