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Sometimes, beautiful photos can be created w/ simple lighting, don't you think?

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by jambaj0e, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    I wanted to try out the classic beauty light setup, with my Einstein with gridded beauty dish about 2-3ft above my camera and a reflector below her chin. This is known as clam-shell lighting.

    I'm usually about creative lighting, but I gotta say, I'm loving this simple set up. Background was just a white wall in one of the rooms in my house =)

    Shot with GH2 with the Olympus Zuiko 4/3 14-54mm f2.8-f3.5 mkII. Shot in f3.5 near the telephoto end. The model is a friend of mine from my college days:

    Style one



    Style two


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  2. rex87

    rex87 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2011
    winnipeg, mb
    very nice..well done!.
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  3. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Thanks Rex!
  4. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Well, simple light and a pretty woman:biggrin: Excellent work.
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  5. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    On my monitor her face looks like plastic. Oh why do they put make up on so thick.
  6. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
    Joe, I have to agree with the Aussie Legend (in his own mind? :biggrin:). The lighting is great, but the makeup turns her face into a plastic mess. Would be much nicer if she looked like a real person instead of a mannequin.

    Just my humble opinion, respectfully submitted.
  7. The lighting setup doesn't so nearly as simple as the thread title led me to believe.
  8. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010

    Actually, straight out of the camera, you can easily see too much detail in the makeup, mainly foundation. I won't say it's cakey, but just the way it looks, I had to clean it up. Remember, I'm a fashion/commercial photographer, so of course I lean a bit more on flawless, smooth skin rather than seeing every little detail. I try not to go completely smooth, of course. In fact, posters in Model Mayhem think I didn't do enough smoothing, lol.

    That said, at a larger resolution, the skin looks fine. Once it's shrunk down & saved on jpeg like it is now, you do lose some of that skin detail.

    That said, if you've seen my other works, none of my photos of models are hyper-realistic. It's a signature styling choice of mine =)
  9. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010

    Haha, it's actually a simple set up. Almost like having a flash on camera, it's 3-4ft above the camera, and since it's from a much larger, smoother light source ie. a gridded 22" beauty dish, it's more flattering. Throw in a reflector underneath the chin to open up the shadow, meter it and your done. Took me 5-10 min max to set up =D
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  10. The Minimalist

    The Minimalist Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 19, 2011
    Talking of simple lighting, here is my effort using two LED torches. The wall behind is actually magnolia coloured.

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  11. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
  12. Manila Man

    Manila Man Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 16, 2011
    I love the shots jambajoe. Can you show me how your clam shell setup looks? I've been into portraits lately and i like to learn a bit more about lighting.
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  13. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Here's an excellent tutorial by Scott Kelby on the clamshell lighting. I essentially have a gridded beauty dish (Scott used a sock on his) from the top and a reflector from the bottom

    Lighting Fashion in New York City, Part 1 « Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider Blog » Photoshop & Digital Photography Techniques, Tutorials, Books, Reviews & More
  14. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I thought I should be a little more constructive than my comment the other day. I'm looking at the pictures again and probably the one that I like the most is the first one. I'm no good at this type of photography at all but I thought I should explain myself a little better than i did the other day. Since you had Image Editing OK i had a bit of a play around with the picture. After fiddling around I have grown to like the girl :)  In the second shot I like what I see but to you it maybe something totally different. Everyone has there own tastes:smile:

    PS. Nice lighting by the way. I reckon it would be awesome if the background was a darker colour as it would make her stand out more.



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