MAN IN A HAT………

In this tutorial we look at how to create outstanding images with using only one light.

SET UP - Cross Light / Feathering / Fine Tuning

For this tutorial, we are going to be using a technique called Cross Light where the key light is set up at 90 degrees to the subject and feathered to fine tune. This is not to be confused with Rembrandt lighting, where one light is used at a 45 degree angle to the subject and with a reflector to fill.


TUTORIAL 1 - SET UP

EQUIPMENT USED IN THIS TUTORIAL

  • FUJIFILM GFX 50 Camera with a Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 lens

  • ELINCHROM 70cm DEEP OCTABOX

  • 2 x PROFOTO D2 1000 Monolight’s

  • OCF Magnum Reflector with grid

  • Table and Chair

METHOD

  • Set up the light grey paper background as shown in the diagram. I used a the paper at 12ft high x 8ft long.

  • Place a table a distance of 6-8ft from the backdrop to ensure minimal light spill onto the paper background.

  • Place a strobe with a 70cm Deep Octabox in front (Approximately 1ft) and to the right of the model (approximately 4ft) as per the diagram. The position is not critical at the moment and will be adjusted to create our feathered effect. I positioned the bottom of the octabox about eye level to the subject.

  • For this particular image I set the camera to: Exposure 1/125, ISO 100, Aperture f8.

  • Frame your subject. NOTE: I always frame my subjects in camera and try not to crop afterwards. This is just a personal preference. Always remember what your shooting and what its for i.e. if for the front cover of a magazine the editor would want you leave quite a bit of space around the image for text etc.

  • Take your first shot.