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Dec 07, 2012 18:56 |  #16

t4turbo wrote in post #15337535 (external link)
I have an umbrella that is a shoot thru or shoot into when you put the black covering on it I think it's a 42 inch but I'm not sure and I had the black cover on.

I haven't tried shooting thru it.

I also tried with my strobes that have a large softbox. Again I'm not sure on the size I think upper 40 inch realm (they're not mine I'm just indefinitely borrowing them from a friend so I'm not sure on siZing.

If your lighting is still harsh with an umbrella, you have it way to far back. The closer it is to the subject, the softer the light will be.

Placing the umbrella up close and at a 45 degree angle at head height or slightly higher is a good starting point..then adjust from there. Always put the light to the side the nose is pointing to.


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Dec 07, 2012 20:44 |  #17

t4turbo wrote in post #15337535 (external link)
I have an umbrella that is a shoot thru or shoot into when you put the black covering on it I think it's a 42 inch but I'm not sure and I had the black cover on.

I haven't tried shooting thru it.

I also tried with my strobes that have a large softbox. Again I'm not sure on the size I think upper 40 inch realm (they're not mine I'm just indefinitely borrowing them from a friend so I'm not sure on siZing.

Do yourself a huge favor, and buy a light meter. David is using flat lighting here. Same as Robert Alvarado. It's easy to do, and usually looks great. You can get a good used Seconic for around $200. There are cheaper ones though. You'll love yourself after you get it.




  
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Dec 08, 2012 19:01 as a reply to  @ leeport's post |  #18

I actually am not too keen on the term "flat lighting." I like to think of it as even lighting. The more recognizable terms are commercial lighting or butterfly lighting (due to the butterfly shape shadow under the nose.


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Dec 09, 2012 08:21 |  #19

PosNeg wrote in post #15343041 (external link)
I actually am not too keen on the term "flat lighting." I like to think of it as even lighting. The more recognizable terms are commercial lighting or butterfly lighting (due to the butterfly shape shadow under the nose.

whatever you feel comfortable calling it..




  
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Dec 10, 2012 09:21 |  #20

leeport wrote in post #15339917 (external link)
Do yourself a huge favor, and buy a light meter. David is using flat lighting here. Same as Robert Alvarado. It's easy to do, and usually looks great. You can get a good used Seconic for around $200. There are cheaper ones though. You'll love yourself after you get it.

cbknight wrote in post #15339618 (external link)
If your lighting is still harsh with an umbrella, you have it way to far back. The closer it is to the subject, the softer the light will be.

Placing the umbrella up close and at a 45 degree angle at head height or slightly higher is a good starting point..then adjust from there. Always put the light to the side the nose is pointing to.



The idea of the umbrella being too far is new to me, but that's kuz I don't know anything. Thanks for that!!!! I actually thought it was the other way around!


As far a light meter I actually have one that a friend gave me, and have no idea of to use it, so now I have something new to read up on and put into practice thank you also for this suggestion! Hopefully ill be able to get these kind of shots someday soon with a little more practice and reading.


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