Jun 19, 2013

Low Lighting Portrait of a Musician: Behind The Scenes

Shooting A Musician In A Low Light Environment

Before taking any pictures an low lighting environment, we met with Glenn and talked with him about what kind of images he wanted from the shoot. We eventually decided on portraits with a dark, yet natural low lighting feel. Realizing this helped to build our lighting and location accordingly. We’d be shooting in a dark theater with the Canon 35mm f/1.4, so it would be a challenge maintaining a balance of strobes and lights that were already present at the location.

Let’s Rework the Low Lighting

Since we were shooting with such a wide aperture and slow shutter to account for the lights on the ceiling, all of our strobes were at the lowest possible power. We also moved them farther way from our subject, and even pointed the beauty dish completely away from him. This created subtle lighting that blended in with the theater’s house lights.

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    Could you provide any tips on how you approach people to shoot in their establishments? You always have great locations. Thank you.

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    Patrick Barnett

    I know this is an older video but I recently had an indoor shoot in a cigar humidor with very limited space. I had one speed light with a shoot through umbrella and I couldn’t seem to make it look natural enough. I just wanted real even light on the subject and background but it still looks like flash. Any suggestions? I love what you’re doing with Phlearn by the way, thank you!

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    Sergio Galván Rivero

    Hi Aron, Why didn’t you use a Tripod to avoid blurriness? I think it could have helped a bit more, Image looks fantastic, but just wanted to know that? Big Up from London.

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    Great work Aaron, as always!

    Glenn looks just a little annoyed or bored…

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    Hi Aaron, it looks like you focus and then recompose, so how come you still get sharp face with such shallow DOF?

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      he focuses on the model’s eye and then w/o changing the location of the camera (but the angle) and then he recomposes the frame. That way you allways have true focus

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      Sebastien Morin

      Like Hede said, and don’t forget to use Single focus (AF-S) and not continuous 😉

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    Steve Schuenke

    Very nice photo. I’d be interested in finding out if the lit match in any way
    contributes to the story of who the subject is or what he does. Or was it a
    totally random choice to make the lighting more interesting?