Take a peek behind the scenes of a one light lighting set-up in the studio with photographer Joe Edelman. *** This was a very early video in my YouTube career... I apologize for the horrible sound quality.
Let's talk about the space that we're working in. It's a small space. You'll notice I've only got about 10 feet from one side to the other. I purposely left some of the stuff in the corner in the frame so you can see what I'm talking about. We've got a neutral gray floor and wall as a background. You could do this on any color. It doesn't matter. I've got one 800 watt/second alien beam light, sitting about four feet from the wall. Right now, I'm standing about three feet from the wall.
First, let's look at some of our lighting options and then I'll tell you what the idea is behind this shot because I think you'll start to figure it out as I put the lights together. If I looked straight at the camera with this light, you'll notice that the entire camera right side of my face is in shadow. Not really very flattering, unless you want an extremely dramatic effect. If I turn my face partially towards the light, you'll see that I start to pick up a little bit of light on the camera right side. Also dramatic, but it's a little bit more flattering and I can see both eyes. If I turn the face even further and look out of the corner of my eyes, you'll notice that I have even light on the front of the face. All the camera right side is not part of the play here.
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