testing…

I had a little downtime last weekend so I decided to test work and included in that was some portrait lighting set ups  and enlisted the help of the fabulous model Tyrese Thomas of DK models in Sheffield.

Testing should be just that… Testing lighting, locations, ideas, models, creatives, testing! if it works, great! if it works well even greater! If not, at least you tried. Today’s test was resounding success…

Included in the set up were a couple of portrait style which I hadn’t lit/ shot before. 1st up was this high key white background look. I wanted to really blow out the background whilst allowing just a little to bleed onto the models cheeks/ shoulders. It took half a dozen test shots to get to where I wanted. Tyrese did a great job being patient for me, and then turning on the talent right on queue! lance burkitt/ burkittphoto lance burkitt/ burkittphoto lance burkitt/ burkittphoto lance burkitt/ burkittphoto Here’s the lighting set ups and camera settings used. Tyrese was sat about 3ft from the backdrop. The key light was about 4 ft about his head, facing down from my right. LightingSetup Next up was a face harshly lit, with a dark background with very little foreground detail into the dark side of the face look that I’d been wanting to do for ages. Like most of my work, there’s no rocket science involved, just some ideas and fine tuning. I realize I am not the first to do this set up, and I’ll not be the last… For this set I wanted an almost blown out key light, with just a little fill in the models face. The most difficult part was deciding how much fill light/ reflection to allow. I wanted a tiny bit of detail, but not too much.. Tyrese had real patience here… thanks man. lance burkitt/ burkittphoto lance burkitt/ burkittphoto lance burkitt/ burkittphotoHere’s the lighting set up used for this… LightingSetup

All the images were shot in colour and processed in Photoshop with my secret monotone formula…

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Lance Burkitt:

Model Tyrese Thomas