Day 351: Portrait with Lily

5/10 of 10 Days of Selfies

I was browsing retro fascinators online yesterday at my kitchen table when I glanced up and caught a glimpse of a vase of white lilies. And then today’s shot idea hit me. Along with playing with fascinators, I was also trying a light set-up I’d found in a recent app download from Lindsay Adler called “Lindsay Adler’s Lighting Reference Guide.” The main app is free and comes with one light lesson covering ten beauty dish lighting set-ups. You can buy additional “light lessons” for ninety-nine cents. I splurged on the “dramatic” light lessons, because, well, I guess I have a flair for that sort of thing. At any rate, I started with her “two rim light, short light, Rembrandt” set-up (strip light on the right in the Rembrandt position, rim light back left of subject) but ended up modifying it with a snooted light camera left to get a little light on the lily and replaced the back left rim light with a reflector, since I only have two lights. Read more about Rembrandt lighting here if you’re curious. I was happy with how it turned out, though I’m not sure I pulled off a complete Rembrandt.

Camera Specs:
1/125 sec @ f/16. 50mm, ISO 100

Light Specs:
Flashes: Canon 430 EXII @ 1/32; LumoPro LP 180 @ 1/1
Modifiers: Rogue Flashbender rolled into snoot on Canon; LumoPro 3-in-1 43″ Compact Umbrella (silver side, with 4 portions of the silver cover detached to mock a strip reflector/light) on LumoPro
Placement: Canon Flash: camera left, ~18 in. from subject at 45 degrees (concentrated on the lily); LumoPro Flash: camera right, ~2 ft. from and flanking subject
Triggering Device: Calumet Quad Plus triggers

Processing LR 4.4 & PSE 11


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