Arrangement Of Lights For Photos Of Portraits Or Close-Ups

Arrangement Of Lights For Photos Of Portraits Or Close-Ups
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In the preparation of a picture, in particular of portraits or whole figures, use is often made to a double source of illumination. The main reason lies in the ability to create a perspective emphasizing and playing with contrasts, as well as detaching the main subject from the bottom.

The dual flash (or double illuminator)

The easiest configuration is that composed of two flashes of equal power positioned at 45 ° and at the same distance from the subject in this way it will be possible to obtain a uniform illumination but above all the rays reflected from the subject itself will be reflected outside the field framed.

And for this reason, this type of lighting is often used for photographs of shiny objects.

A second configuration requires that the main flash is positioned close to the subject while the secondary light is positioned further back,  In this case and as is seen in the picture, will be present of the shadows (mentioned) towards the most distant light and the same photograph will have a different exposure between the left part and the right part.

The configuration to follow provides a flash always positioned at 45 ° with respect to the main subject but the secondary is positioned behind the subject (more or less specularly with respect to the primary). Its function is to create a backlit effect that it will not create a silhouette (the main flash, being closer, is predominant) but fail to remove the subject from the background of the picture.

If our intent is rather to soften the subject and the contrast in general, the simplest solution is to have a flash at the subject while the second is focused on a reflective surface placed behind or next to the subject (or wall bottom that is).

Flash and Window

In the case of a window, apply exactly Th same concepts expressed in the case of the double flash, behaving to all effects as an illuminator. Obviously attention to the color of the light the light from the flash and the window could in fact have different shades (curtains and glass can change the temperature of sunlight, as well as the time of day) and create some problem in one click clean. The advice is to do this type of photography only in optimal light conditions and central zones of the day when sunlight has the same wavelength as that emitted by the flash.

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