To introduce you to one of many lighting schemes I use, and most importantly to show the sequence and the nuances of lighting, I took the most obedient, and most importantly immovable model – the mannequin.
It happens very often that photographers giving lessons on lighting installations use a dummy, and I decided to follow tradition and show you the process of building of lighting scheme on a mannequin. The task of this lesson is to create a light scheme for full body photo with dramatic but soft, not contrast style, with detailed shadows and beautifully lit background with a noticeable focus of light behind the “model” creating volume for the picture and giving compositional completeness of the whole picture. As you know, any nice lighting is a series of successive actions of photographer, where he sometimes works on the automatic, intuitive level, but visible easiness of photographer working is preceded by finding of numerous decisions, creating for algorithm, building his own rules of lighting.
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