In the above photo of Emma Watson by Martin Schoeller
, we can tell from the catchlights in her eyes that there are two separate Light
sources coming from the front, most likely softboxes. Paying attention to the eye catchlights in a portrait is a great way to dissect lighting, since the eyes basically act as little mirrors and show where Lights
are placed. If we zoom in, we can even see the Reflection
of the photographer between the two catchlights!
We decided to start with two strip boxes placed on either side of Chris in front of white seamless paper. The problem with this was that it was lighting the sides of his Face
and leaving his eyes and nose dark, which is the opposite of what we were going for. We tried switching out the strip boxes for parabolic reflectors, but the lighting was too flat and still not lighting the center of his Face
We finally figured out that placing the stripboxes directly in front of him gave us the look we were going for. Both stripboxes were aimed at his nose, creating fall off on the sides of his Face. A 3-stop Neutral Density Filter was placed over the lens in order to keep a shallow Depth of field.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s episode where we’ll be going over the post processing!