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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
Real gentlemen wear trilbies. Dedicated to prosicated.
So, this was pretty frustrating. It brought home to me that I'm in desperate need of at least a few bits of lighting kit. When the sun isn't out, my studio is simply too dark, as is the rest of the house. None of our rooms are really big enough to function as proper spaces for full-length shoots against a plain backdrop, so I have either to photoshop or be content with close-ups. Now that the weather is crappy, outdoor shoots are more challenging, not to mention the fact that I have to work during the few daylight hours we have. In any case, I wish this photo were better. I wish the lighting on the side of my face had been stronger. This is the first post in this project that I'm not entirely happy with, but I'm putting it up anyway since that's the point of this - to at least attempt to bring all the myriad ideas I have to fruition.
This was entirely inspired by you!
I don't know what else to say. I think you may have written something below the photo, but who cares about that.
:D Thank you for mitigating my self-criticism.
Funny - you whine about the lighting, but I kind of like the way it turned out. Still, you can get workable lights at any store for a reasonable price, without breaking the bank...
Thank you. And I've ordered some cheap halogen work lights and umbrellas, inspired by you & other commenters. :)
The hands were one of the reasons I selected this photo from the shoot, funnily enough!
Ooh, stylish! =:o}
Check out your local builders' merchant: they may stock 300W or 500W halogen work-lamps at very affordable prices (e.g. I think mine was £15, and came complete with a spare bulb).
Alternatively, do what I initially did for my "indoor sun": Buy one of those security floodlamps intended for mounting on outside wall, but N.B. get the kind without the motion sensor, or you'll only be able to shoot action shots! =:o} What you get is basically the same lamp housing as the worklamp, but without the convenience of a handle and stand, which means you need to (a) add your own cable and mains plug, and then (b) get the bloke to a bend a steel bar with his bare hands to make a suitable stand for you, to keep the hot lamp from burning the house down. Of course, this itself may present a photo opportunity...
The 300W bulb is probably plenty bright enough to work with, and is less of a fire risk than a 500. I've actually changed down to a 150W bulb in my "made for outdoors" lamp, just to cut down on the smells of scorched wood/plastic from wherever I set the darn thing up. =:o}
Very clever suggestions, thank you. I went for the 300W work lamp - got one off eBay that came with tripod and 10 spare bulbs for £25 including shipping. Seemed like a pretty good deal to me, considering that Homebase wants £15 for one without a stand!
Despite your being unhappy with the lighting (I can empathize!) I think this photo has a lot of power in it. I really like the strong contrasts between the black suit, the black background, the light circle and the white of your shirt. I also like how it looks like you were caught in the middle a dress up montage. I think you were going for masculine, but I really want your lips to be crimson red.
A note on the lighting: When I was photographing my painting, I was having a hard time getting it lit the right way. Partly because the 500W halogens I was using were washing out the color, but mostly due to the fact that it's shiny acrylic paint and the light just bounced off it making annoying shiny parts. I solved the problem with a photo flood, a clip-on light fixture (the kind with a round metal reflector) a white sheet, and some easels. I draped the sheet over the easels as a reflector with the light aimed at it or as a filter in front of the light to eliminate hot spots. I had to fiddle a bit with the placement of the light and the sheet, and obviously, nothing is as convenient as a lighting kit, but in a pinch this worked out pretty well.
I'm going to try the crimson red in Photoshop this weekend and see how it looks. :)
Thank you for the tips. I have easels and sheets! I've ordered a 300W halogen off eBay (comes with tripod and 10 spare bulbs - bargain) as well as a couple of umbrellas. It all came to less than £60, so I'm pretty pleased.
I like this shot a lot... The lighting looks fine to me but those things are easy fixes. You can definitely find relatively good lighting kits for a good price.
I eschewed kits, actually - just went for some halogen work lights from a building supplier and a couple of umbrellas! It was under £60.
Edited at 2010-09-30 05:51 pm (UTC)
Oooh. OOH! That's very exciting. :D :D I will be taking you up on that. Thank you for offering.