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chess match

The story behind the shot – Lockdown Chess

There was a deep seated, long standing grudge. We knew each other well. It was a hard fought match. I seemed to know every move that my opponent made even before he made it. He seemed to know mine. It was almost as if we could read each other minds – spooky!

gin and tonic

The story behind the shot – G and T reflections

This was taken on a black acrylic board with a white one as the background. Since the bottle was blue I lit the shot using a flashgun with blue gel to the left of the camera. I placed a silver reflector opposite the flashgun to lift the shadows on the right hand side.

rembrandt lighting

Portrait Lighting Styles -Bringing It All Together

In seven previous posts I’ve gone through different lighting techniques for portraits. For the final post in this series I thought I’d post the seven images together so that you can more easily see the differences between them. This may seem a good idea but the downside is that they’re all of me. That’s lockdown for you!

shortlighting

Portrait Lighting Styles -Short Lighting

The penultimate in my series of portrait lighting techniques. As usual this shot is straight out of camera and it’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.

split lighting

Portrait Lighting Styles -Split Lighting

The latest in my series of portrait lighting techniques. You’ve got me again (un retouched). This shot is straight out of camera. It’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.

loop lighting

Portrait Lighting Styles -Loop Lighting

Another in my series of lighting techniques which may be useful if you need a DIY headshot given that most of us are in lockdown. You’ve got me again (un retouched). This shot is straight out of camera. It’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.

splash in wine glass

The story behind the shot – A bit of fun with flash

Another of my ‘why not try this at home’ posts. You’ll need a darkish room as you’ll be lighting the shot with flash only (oh! And you’ll need an external flashgun so you can control the power output – from about £26 on Amazon if you don’t already have one).

Portrait Lighting Styles -Butterfly Lighting

Another of my ‘why not try this at home’ posts given that most of us are in lockdown. You’ve got me (un retouched) as no-one in our house is keen on being photographed because it’s been weeks since any of us saw a hairdresser. This shot is straight out of camera. It’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.

Portrait Lighting Styles -Lighting Ratios

Another of my ‘why not try this at home’ posts given that most of us are in lockdown. Again you’ve got me (un retouched). This shot is straight out of camera. It’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.