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  • KEN LAST
    Participant
    June 15, 2018 at 9:59 pm #16564

    In my opinion the photo Georgia on the Holmes Chapel PS website is worth a look at for several reasons. The lighting makes my point expressed so often that flash is a poor source of lighting for portraits.   Look at the lighting in  this photo and see the far superior lighting over flash. The photographer has used two LED spot lights.This is class lighting to behold. Not for me to comment on another clubs photo, but just between me and you there are two things in the photo I would see room to improve. Can you see the two points in mind. Well one is the hand in her hair, nice pose but the hand needed forming more elegeantly .  Secondly the rear posture sticking up like a camels back. We concentrate so much on the main detail that sometimes we miss tiny distractions.But my point is the superb lighting.

    • Pete Robinson
      Keymaster
      Posts: 1050
      June 16, 2018 at 9:34 am #16570

      The link to the photo on Holmes Chapel PS home age is:

      Holmes Chapel PS home page

      I’m not expert in studio lighting so am probably not qualified to comment, but I will anyway! I agree that the photo is well lit apart from the uneven shadow on the leg. Regarding lighting I don’t think it’s so much a case of the light source, but how it’s diffused, directed and reflected. Owen Lloyd who took the photo says he used a LED spot which, like flash, would have been quite harsh if used direct, but he diffused it though a ‘Lovegrove Church scatter-gel, whatever that is. So it has give a softer, more even light that if it were used direct. Similarly, flash can be diffused to achieve some quality lighting if it’s done with some thought. The advantage of the LED lighting is that it’s permanently on so you can see it’s effect.

    • KEN LAST
      Participant
      Posts: 360
      June 16, 2018 at 11:34 am #16571

      Exactly Peter, you can see the effect and have control over the fall of light, the shadows and highlights. The best examples will always be the 40,s old b/w classy films-Bergman—Hepburn etc. The directors created such superb lighting which in portraits will never be achieved with flash.

    • KEN LAST
      Participant
      Posts: 360
      June 17, 2018 at 7:22 am #16573

      Film directors use as a vital prime tool –a monochrome viewer–solely for the purpose of seeing the lighting.