I am in the midst of what I hope is the beginning of a new season of growth regarding my lighting ability. I have linked up with a gentleman with a lifetime of experience and I am so excited to start applying his lessons. Long have I searched for someone as passionate about lighting design as I - who was also willing to help me grow as a lighting designer. His first lesson came in the way of a recipe:
Use a soft source key with a tiny dash of eye light and a hot splash of a harder patterned light across some of the background…slightly out of focus. Add some richness of shadow with a 4x4 floppy mounted on a sparkling C-stand walked in out of frame on the shadow side. Sizzle your subject with an appropriate amount of heat in your backlight, somewhat softened, and slightly to one side. Finish off with a small measure of very soft 3/4 cheek glow on the down side from a white card just out of frame.
I think I came pretty close:
My effort this week is to build a frame to soften my key, and make it larger. I am also making it a point to collect compelling, interesting, and creative stills from ads I see on the web and in print with the purpose of eventually trying to break down the lighting design that went into exposing that certain setup. Super excited! ~ Duane