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Renaissance dance lighting opinion

 
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Feb 12, 2011 11:07 |  #1

I'm shooting the staged portraits for a renaissance theme dance tonight and I'm second guessing my lighting setup.

My original plan was to just play the odds with a basic, reliable setup:

  • Large (horizontal) bank light directly over camera
  • Single gridded hairlight, high and behind the subjects
  • Nice background
  • Basic couples / small group posing


But after taking our daughter to get a costume yesterday, I began thinking that setup may not take do justice to the "fanciness" of the costumes.

So now I'm considering this setup for more dramatic light play on the subjects:
  • Gridded beauty dish at 45-deg to camera right (key)
  • Large bank at 45-deg to camera left (fill)
  • Gridded hairlight high, behind and to the left (opposite dish)
  • Scoop light on center of background
  • Add an antique chair
  • Same background
  • More expressive posing


I suppose my question is this: Do you think I should bother trying to make these more theatrical, or just knock 'em out with basic lighting?

I'm not making a lot of money off this, and I'm estimating around 100 pops over a 3 hour period.

But post dance sales should drive new visitors to my website, and I do like the idea of being different/better than the rest.

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Feb 12, 2011 13:21 |  #2

Scratch - lol - just found out we'll have some groups of 10+ kids/teachers so we're going with the original plan and a big backdrop.

Information is a good thing :-)


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