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Low Lighting Portrait of a Musician: Behind The Scenes

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Jun 19

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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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