Remembering How to Light

All week, I’ve been dealing with rogue shadows and disappearing noses, because I forgot how I used to light things before I got all my fancy umbrellas and softboxes. With this shot of Julissa, I think I’ve nailed a lighting scenario that will work for all of my coworker headshots. Whew.

If you don’t practice lighting, you forget important details. I’ve been misplacing and mismanaging my lights for weeks as I attempt to make new headshots of my coworkers for our website. I’m trying to get this done without umbrellas, softboxes, or other large light modifiers, because I need to show up with a small bag and just shoot. Today, I took a deep breath and thought about fundamentals of direction and quality of light, as well as key and fill ratios, and I think I remembered how it’s all supposed to work for a simple headshot.

Tech stuff: Nikon D7000, Nikon 85mm f/1.4, Nikon SB600 with Sto-fen Omnibounce diffuser on stand camera right as key light, and Nikon SB800 with diffuser dome directly under lens as fill.

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