Friday, June 30, 2006

Lesson 102, Portraiture

Probably the first thought to use or aquire a small broad light source is in order to make portraits or small products photographs. This is our starting point. A couple of notes before we begin - Lowel Light's website for EGO and the recent article in the Circuits section of the New York Times. And the various one EGO setups on the Lowel website.

This blog will attempt most solutions with two or more EGO units. Please feel free to question, comment and submit photos to us. We will post the photos with our comments on regular posts.

OK, here's our girls featured on the LOWEL site. But here we have two EGOs side by side placed at our subject's eye level by placing them on several of the nearest books we can grap - hopefully you live in a huge city and phone books will suffice. If there is a rule of thumb, the light source should be the same size, as in this case, to our subject - three smallish girls - and the closer (up to seeing the light source) the better.

Note our small reflector card - one comes with each EGO and the larger the better. If you can place your subject next to a white or neutral colored wall, even better. Human beings do not usually see how dark the room really is - the addition of a reflector of a white or silver material is a great asset. Again, should be at least the size of the light source or larger. The example here is too small.

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