An Afternoon with a Basement Chair.
Lighting Interlude (AKA Lighting Lude)...
This is my first post. Since I am new at this blog stuff, I will start so simply even I can understand me (and that's not easy). I built this picture with some light, some thought, and after about an hour, some
Sooo, I grabbed a chair and started with the lighting. I started with a phooph (my technical term for a light) 45 degrees off rear center axis and added another on the other side. This lit the ears and sides of the face real well. I wanted the background to be minimized to near darkness, so I tried closing down the aperture, arriving at f11 by increasing the lights' power just under the blow out level for my camera sensor. Then came the piece of resistance...fill with on front axis ringflash. I use the Alien Bees model. It seems to be my workhorse for most non normal light needs. I adjusted it to my liking and viola! No, not really. It gave me a great starter shot. I then took it to lightroom and found that it was not in the right power range for what I wanted to do so it went to Pshop CS2. There I primped it and used "A Touch of Light and a Touch of Darkness from MCPActions.com. It works great for low to moderate alterations. I increasd the alterations with the levels tool and ended up with this. This was not all that happened, though.